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Focus Home Interactive and Cyanide Studios released a new trailer for the upcoming mystery-horror game for home consoles and PC called Call of Cthulhu. The trailer gives gamers a very brief look at some of the creepy and unnerving atmosphere they might encounter during their investigation.
Gamespot spotted the new clip, which features a voice-over narration from the grizzled veteran who is the main protagonist of the game, Edward Pierce. He's had experience in the war and knows his way around a pistol, but even the horrors of war won't prepare him for what he encounters on Darkwater Island, set during the 1920s on the east coast.
In Call of Cthulhu players will investigate the strange murder of a certain Sarah Hawkins, and the terrifying mysteries of her family's manor. The trailer creepily centers around the encounters of monsters and secrets that Edward will need to uncover.
Some fans of the H.P. Lovecraft mythos are already excited about what Focus Home Interactive and Cyanide Studios will come up with for the title. Part of the hook of the game is that the investigation will slowly begin to "chip away" at the sanity of Edward, which will play a large role in how the story unfolds.
In many other Lovecraftian themed works, there's usually something traumatic in the past of the main character that comes back to intertwine with the supernatural horrors. It wouldn't be surprising if Edward's history as a war veteran plays some part in how things begin to unravel in Call of Cthulhu as players make headway into the trenches of the Hawkin's family manor and discover all of the family's deep and locked away secrets.
The trailer doesn't really promise much, but it does set up the game nicely to keep gamers intrigued leading up to its 2017 release. A lot of gamers are curious if it will be similar to Frictional Games' Amnesia _or if it will play out like Red Barrels' _Outlast. Based on some descriptions of Call of Cthulhu, it doesn't appear to have a design like the aforementioned games. They talk about having options in how players can interact with the environment and investigate locations, noting that both stealth and non-stealth options will be available for players to explore. Whether that also ties into interactions with the monsters remains to be seen, but simply giving players options is a cool way to go for a horror game like this, as it opens up the possibility of replayability.
Focus Home Interactive has plans on showcasing Call of Cthulhu at this year's E3 event in Los Angeles, California next week. They haven't revealed too much about the game, so expect the E3 experience to shed a lot more light on the gameplay mechanics and Edward Pierce's character.
This new horror title is still a long ways off and won't be released until 2017 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC, but Focus Home Interactive is going out of their way to keep gamers informed and enticed leading up to its release.