Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game

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Call of Cthulhu
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Publisher(s)Focus Home Interactive
Director(s)Jérémie Monedero
  • Jean-Marc Gueney
  • Jérémie Monedero
Programmer(s)Jonathan Leemans
  • Faouzi Hamida
  • Rémi Mennerat
  • Pia-Victoria Jacqmart
  • Maximilian Lutz
Composer(s)Markus Schmidt
EngineUnreal Engine 4
Release30 October 2018
Genre(s)Role-playing, survival horror

Call of Cthulhu is a role-playing survival horror video game developed by Cyanide and published by Focus Home Interactive for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game features a semi-open world environment and incorporates themes of Lovecraftian and psychological horror into a story which includes elements of investigation and stealth. It is inspired by H. P. Lovecraft's short story "The Call of Cthulhu", while also being an adaptation of the 1981 role-playing game of the same title.


Call of Cthulhu follows investigator and war veteran Edward Pierce, a private detective experiencing an existential crisis. As the setting of 1924 Boston does not provide him with any cases, Pierce stoops to consuming alcohol and pills to satisfy his mind. A glimmer of hope shines when a mysterious case one day lands on his desk. Pierce is asked to solve the death of the Hawkins family, who mysteriously died in a fire. As the only clue is a strange picture painted by the supposedly crazy mother shortly before her death, Edward has to set out to Darkwater Island near Boston, Massachusetts to find out more about the matter. In the process, he discovers the impending revival of the Great Old One Cthulhu.[1]


On 16 January 2014, publisher Focus Home Interactive announced via Twitter that video game developer Frogwares was working on developing the game.[2][3][4] They also announced that the game would be released on Microsoft Windows and "next-gen consoles".[2] Later that month, a Frogwares spokesperson said that the game was still in "early development". They noted that the game would have a focus on investigations in a horror setting and that they would be using the experience from developing their Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series. They also revealed that they were working with multiple writers who had written scenarios for the 1981 role-playing game Call of Cthulhu.[5][6]

After two years of inactivity on the title, prompting concerns that the game might have been canceled, Focus Home announced the game again in February 2016, in development for release in 2017 by studio Cyanide.[7][8][9] They revealed that the game would be a semi-open world investigative role-playing game with elements of stealth and psychological horror. The game will be built on the Unreal Engine 4 game engine.[8] It will be more closely based on the Call of Cthulhu "pen and paper" role-playing video game than on H. P. Lovecraft's original short story of the same name.[10]

Focus Home Interactive released the first trailer for the game just before E3 2016, on 10 June 2016.[11][12] A "Depths of Madness" trailer was released on 19 January 2017.[13][14][15] The game was at first scheduled for release on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in the fourth quarter of 2017.[16] In September 2017, however, the game was delayed to 2018. The game was released worldwide on 30 October 2018.


Aggregate score
Metacritic(PC) 68/100[17]
(PS4) 63/100[18]
(XONE) 66/100[19]
Review scores
Adventure Gamers4/5 stars[20]
Game Informer6.75/10[21]
PC Gamer (US)59/100[24]

Call of Cthulhu received "mixed or average" reviews, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[17][18][19]


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  3. ^ Hillier, Brenna (17 January 2014). "Call of Cthulhu inbound from Sherlock Holmes developer Frogwares". VG247. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  4. ^ Scammel, David (17 January 2014). "Sherlock Holmes dev working on PS4 & Xbox One Call of Cthulhu game". Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  5. ^ Lee, Ben (24 January 2014). "Call of Cthulhu will be 'dark and creepy', says Sherlock Holmes studio". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  6. ^ Robertson, John (9 February 2017). "Survive Call of Cthulhu by Slowing Down and Understanding Your World". IGN. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  7. ^ Gelmini, David (4 March 2016). "Call of Cthulhu Game Switches Developers". Dread Central. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  8. ^ a b Yin-Poole, Wesley (26 February 2016). "Call of Cthulhu back from the dead". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  9. ^ Jarvis, Matthew (26 February 2016). "Cyanide takes over Call of Cthulhu development from Frogwares". Develop. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  10. ^ Koch, Cameron (26 February 2016). "Upcoming 'Call Of Cthulhu' Video Game Takes Inspiration From RPG Of The Same Name". Tech Times. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  11. ^ Pereira, Chris (10 June 2016). "Creepy New Call of Cthulhu Trailer Shows Off the Xbox One/PS4/PC Horror RPG". GameSpot. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  12. ^ Calpito, Dave (12 June 2016). "Call Of Cthulhu Reveal Trailer Out Ahead Of E3 [Video]". Tech Times. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  13. ^ Gelmini, David (23 January 2017). "Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game Trailer Submerges into the Depths of Madness". Dread Central. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  14. ^ Romano, Sal (19 January 2017). "Call of Cthulhu 'Depths of Madness' trailer". Gematsu. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  15. ^ Narcisse, Evan (19 January 2017). "This Might Be the Cthulhu Video Game of Our Nightmares, Er, Dreams". Gizmodo. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  16. ^ Miller, Daniel R. (4 February 2017). "Call of Cthulhu is now scheduled to release in Q4 2017". GameZone. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  17. ^ a b "Call of Cthulhu for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Call of Cthulhu for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  19. ^ a b "Call of Cthulhu for Xbox One Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  20. ^ Lynn, Kevin (30 October 2018). "Call of Cthulhu Review". Adventure Gamers. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  21. ^ Reiner, Andrew (2 November 2018). "Call Of Cthulhu Review - A True Test Of Sanity". Game Informer. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  22. ^ Wildgoose, David (30 October 2018). "Call Of Cthulhu Review - Squid Logic". GameSpot. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  23. ^ Schmeyer, DM (30 October 2018). "Call of Cthulhu Review". IGN. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  24. ^ Horti, Samuel (6 November 2018). "Call of Cthulhu review". PC Gamer. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  25. ^ Wise, Josh (30 October 2018). "Call of Cthulhu review". Retrieved 30 October 2018.

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