Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game
|Call of Cthulhu:|
The Official Video Game
|Publisher(s)||Focus Home Interactive|
|Engine||Unreal Engine 4|
|Release||October 30, 2018|
|Genre(s)||Role-playing, survival horror|
Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game is a survival horror role-playing video game developed by Cyanide and published by Focus Home Interactive for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows. 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.
On January 16, 2014, publisher Focus Home Interactive announced via Twitter that video game developer Frogwares was working on developing the game. They also announced that the game would be released on PC and "next-gen consoles". 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.
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. 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. 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.
Focus Home Interactive released the first trailer for the game just before E3 2016, on June 10, 2016. A "Depths of Madness" trailer was released on January 19, 2017. The game was at first scheduled for release on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in the fourth quarter of 2017. In September 2017, however, the game was delayed to 2018. The game was released worldwide on October 30, 2018.
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