When Cthulhu calls, you gotta go.
To where? Truth or insanity…it’s up to you. Or maybe it’s not. Maybe it’s up to the mad cosmic forces that lurk just below our fragile existence.
H.P. Lovecraft wrote the short story, “The Call of Cthulhu,” in 1926. Ninety years later, it’s a video game. Actually, the upcoming Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game is the second video game, following Call of Cthuluhu: Dark Corners of the Earth in 2005.
What’s the draw of this story, part of an entire subgenre called Lovecraftian horror?
The Winter Trailer’s mise-en-scene shows everything we need to know. Fog. Lots of it. Dead, mutilated whales. Insane asylum stuff. Stoic cops. And if that’s not enough, we have a dude screaming with his eyes gouged out.
But Lovecraftian isn’t about gore and death, though that’s often part of it. It’s about the unknown. What’s below the shell? What is real, and what is your own brain’s scrambled-up mess?
Now you see it, now you don’t, or now you thought you saw it, but then you didn’t, but then you did…. Yep, that’s Lovecraftian.
Truth is, we’re all on the brink of madness. Only a thin string holds us together. If this game can somehow unravel that string, and gives us a glimpse into that which makes us lose it, then it’s definitely done its job.
We shall see…
Or perhaps we won’t but we’ll just think we’re seeing it…
You get the idea.
Coming soon to PS4.