Cyanide Studio Resurrects ‘Call of Cthulhu‬‬’ Video Game For 2017 Release

Cyanide Studios and French-based publisher Focus Home Interactive will bring the horrors of H.P. Lovecraft’s world to the realm of gamers with their upcoming Call of Cthulhu title.

Back in 2014, Focus teamed with Sherlock Holmes developer Frogwares to announce the project through a bunch of conceptual art, but after a promising start, the title went silent for two years. Now, Call of Cthulhu has re-emerged and Tech Times notes that it will be “based on the long-running pen and paper RPG of the same name.”

“On a mission to find the truth behind the death of an acclaimed artist and her family on a backwater island, the player will soon uncover a more disturbing truth as the Great Dreamer, Cthulhu, prepares its awakening,” reads the synopsis for Call of Cthulhu (via Focus Home Interactive’s press release).

Call of Cthulhu is based on H. P. Lovecraft’s renowned short story The Call of Cthulhu, and Cyanide – the team behind Blood Bowl, Game of Thrones and Styx – developed the title on Unreal Engine 4, to give “fans the game they’ve long been waiting for.”

“We are happy that Focus entrusted us with the development of a video game adaptation of the legendary RPG Call of Cthulhu,” said Cyanide CEO Patrick Pligersdorffer. “As long-time fans of the license, working with longtime partner publisher Focus Home Interactive on such an original and exciting project is, once again, a privilege. We hope to offer fans the game they’ve long been waiting for.”

A new teaser website has gone live, and Focus says gamers will get to experience it on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC in 2017.

“We are deeply honored to be partnering with Cyanide again,” said Focus Home Interactive president Cédric Lagarrigue. “They’ve grown alongside us for the past 10 years to become today one of the best independent developers in Europe. With titles such as Styx: Master of Shadows and the Blood Bowl series, they’ve proved their creativity and ability to offer strong gaming experiences in original worlds.

Back in 2005, Headfirst Productions developed the survival horror game Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth. It was published by Bethesda for the original Xbox and PC. The game is currently available on Steam for $9.99. Director Guillermo del Toro and Metal Gear series creator Hideo Kojima were interested in developing a horror game titled InSANE that was set to be the first in a planned trilogy of action horror games based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft. The project was eventually scrapped, bloody-disgusting reported.

“Cyanide has been wanting to make a Call of Cthulhu adaptation for years. They now hold all the cards to create a game that will please fans of the Cthulhu mythos, as well as players eager for rich and original gaming experiences.”

Lovecraft penned The Call of Cthulhu in the summer of 1926. It was first published in the pulp magazine Weird Tales, in February 1928. The story centers on a man who investigates the legend of an underwater deity, Cthulhu – and the cult which has formed around it – after discovering a collection of his late uncle’s papers that detail his lifelong obsession with creature. The story was produced as a silent film in 2005, and as a 1920s-style radio drama, Dark Adventure Radio Theatre: The Call of Cthulhu, in 2012.

Call of Cthulhu promises “an RPG-Investigation game with psychological horror and stealth mechanics, set in a deeply immersive world.”

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