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Call of Cthulhu RPG by Cyanide Announced for 2017
Game News - posted by Crooked Bee on Fri 26 February 2016, 20:14:37Tags: Call of Cthulhu; Cyanide; Focus Home Interactive
You may recall the Call of Cthulhu game previously in development at Frogwares. Well, that is officially no longer the case (unofficially, this has been rumored to be the case for several months already). Instead, Focus Home Interactive have partnered up with the Styx, Bloodbowl and Game of Thrones RPG developer Cyanide for a PC and consoles "investigation RPG" using the Call of Cthulhu PnP ruleset, forthcoming in 2017.
Here's the press release, revealing the premise and the engine, together with the first two screenshots:
Cyanide Studio and Focus Home Interactive unveil Call of Cthulhu
H. P. Lovecraft's famously twisted universe will be coming alive on consoles and PC in 2017, in the official video game adaptation of Chaosium's pen & paper RPG Call of Cthulhu. The Cthulhu Mythos has grown to become one of the largest shared universes ever envisioned, giving birth to countless stories, novels, and even movies ever since the original publication of Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu. Today, discover the game's first screenshots, which showcase the dark, oppressive ambiance of the game's semi-open environments built in Unreal Engine 4.
Developed by seasoned studio Cyanide, Call of Cthulhu is an RPG-Investigation game with psychological horror and stealth mechanics, set in a deeply immersive world. 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...
"We are happy that Focus entrusted us with the development of a videogame adaptation of the legendary RPG Call of Cthulhu. 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."
Patrick Pligersdorffer - CEO of Cyanide Studio
"We are deeply honored to be partnering with Cyanide again. 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. 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."
Cédric Lagarrigue - President of Focus Home Interactive
Just how faithful an adaptation this is going to be, or where they are taking this in general mechanics-wise, remains to be seen.
UPDATE: Apparently, Frogwares may still be working on their own Lovecraftian game, even though it seems to be no longer official (and thus not based on the PnP license).