Fans of everything Lovecraft rejoice, as Cyanide Studio, developers of upcoming RPG Call of Cthulhu, recently released the first hour of beta gameplay along with some developer commentary.
Taking heavy inspiration from classic Lovecraft stories ‘Call of Cthulhu’ and ‘The Shadow Over Innsmouth’, Cyanide Studio have opted to tell a unique story set in the Cthulhu mythos. Taking control of Private Investigator Edward Pierce, the story will take the player to the island of ‘Darkwater’ to look into the death of a prominent family among a community of very unwelcoming islanders.
It will be a very exploratory heavy game, as obstacles and challenges will largely stem from the dialogue, so don’t expect to be actively swinging weapons or aiming down sights. Due to the nature of the game, the standard dialogue will be the player’s primary weapon, and one which can dynamically display options contextually. One example is leveling up your strength will allow for strong-arm tactics in an argument, remaining greyed out until enough points are spent on your character sheet.
A nice touch to this is the absence of certain dialogue options if you haven’t discovered the relevant items or information beforehand. These options won’t be greyed out, so you will never know what questions to ask or how you can act if you Edward hasn’t actually thought of it himself, meaning every nook and cranny will need attention if you wish to be going into conversations with a full deck of cards.
As shown in the video, a huge emphasis has been placed on atmosphere, with the devs openly saying they wanted to avoid reliance on jump scares and instead introduce tension through subtlety. Shown in the video are moments where Edward will wrestle with visions, some in the form of dreams, and others during his waking moments, suggesting there is a very fine line between realities.
Aiming to come in with a completion time of around 15 hours (subject to change), Call of Cuthulhu is shaping up to be a faithful entry in the growing catalog of Lovecraftian titles.
With a release date of October 30, Call of Cuthulhu is available to pre-purchase now on Steam for £35.99, moving up to £39.99 on release.