Going Beyond the Game: Call of Cthulhu

GOING BEYOND THE GAME

CALL OF CTHULHU: DEPTHS OF MADNESS

Michael Bertolini

I didn’t intend to write one of these articles concerning the topic; but, if you haven’t already heard, Focus Home Interactive is releasing a video game called Call Of Cthulhu: Depths of Madness based upon the rpg created by Chaosium of the same name (if you haven’t watched Encounter Roleplay play various modules of Call Of Cthulhu on Twitch, you’re missing out). While not a direct adaptation of any game module you may be familiar with, Call Of Cthulhu: Depths of Madness promises to give players that have played Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu an experience that they’ve come to expect while not forcing away people unfamiliar with the tabletop franchise.
In the game, you play as Edward Pierce as he investigates the rise of Cthulhu near Boston, Massachusetts. The game is a mixture of stealth and investigation in a semi-open world of heavily Lovecraftian themes.
“A Private Detective, Edward Pierce is a mission to find the truth behind the death of an acclaimed artist and her family on a backwater island. Pierce is used to trusting his instincts, but with whale mutilations and disappearing bodies, this is only the beginning as reality becomes skewed. As your investigation leads you closer to the sphere of influence of the Great Dreamer, you will start to doubt everything you see. You will have to find balance between your own sanity, and your determination in finding out what lurks in the shadows – as they say that madness is the only way that can bring you to the truth.”
Focus first announced the game’s development in 2014 and the first trailer was shown at E3 in 2016. The game had been scheduled to be released in late 2017 but was delayed to 2018. As of yet, an official release date has yet to be set. However, if you’re excited about Focus’ new endeavors into some Lovecraftian themes and rpg gameplay, consider some of Focus’ other games: Vampyr (June 5, 2018) and The Council (March 15, 2018). If I had to speculate, I’d suggest that Call of Cthulhu will either be released sometime around Halloween or Christmas, depending on what other titles are going to be released around that time. Or, Focus could surprise me and be released on some random date.
The biggest influence of gameplay will be sanity, and how the loss of sanity affects everything else in the world; an aspect of games that has rarely been successful. Since you’re an investigator, your sanity will determine whether or not your investigation is headed in the right direction. You won’t necessarily be able to trust your own eyes as the things you see might not be real; though you will believe what you see to the point that you could develop new paranoias that can betray you or even hurt you.

If you haven’t checked out Encounter Roleplay on Twitch, you can find it here.

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