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Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game (Cyanide Studio)

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There's a new Chaosium-licensed Call of Cthulhu video game on its way from Cyanide Studio:
 
http://callofcthulhu-game.com
 
I've created this thread for any future information about it (and to help stop any confusion with the Cthulhu-based video game coming out from Frogwares (The Sinking City) - whose story is being developed by @sda.

 

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Cherno

This is all getting very confusing... :8E:

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drone232

Oh yes, very good. There is really only one game based on Call of Cthulhu and it came out I think in 2005 and was plagued with glitches and somwhat poor gameplay that resulted in the planned sequal to get cancelled. I hope this launches a new series or even wave of horror games based on Lovecraft's and friend's mythology. It would be easy, just take any good Call of Cthulhu campaign and use it as the plot for a first person stealth based survival horror. Gameplay mechanics similar to Alien: Isolation would do very well I think. A very good main antagonist would be Nyarlothohtep and his many forms and aspects of chaos. He makes a much more compelling villain then Cthulhu in my opinion. 

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MarkMorrison

Hi everyone -

 

I'm delighted to say that I've been lending a (severed) hand on this game; it's been great fun coming up with demented story ideas with Jean-Marc and Max at Cyanide.

 

This article from PC Games N talks about what they're up to, I can't wait to see how it all turns out:

http://www.pcgamesn.com/call-of-cthulhu/call-of-cthulhu-is-a-mystery-where-youll-need-to-bargain-your-sanity-for-answers

 

Best,

 

Mark

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Aklo

Okay, so THIS is the Official Call of Cthulhu Video game we've all been waiting for? I hope so. I mean the more the merrier when it comes to Lovecraft in video games, but I really want that CoC flair that (for the most part) worked so well in Dark Corners of the Earth.

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blackstone

IMO, the only way this game will be good if it's multi-player.

It can be done and not become a first person shooter.

I don't know. IT will probably only appeal to the CoC crowd and not computer/console gamers.

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Laraqua

Do you mean a co-op game where folks work together?  I think that could only work if it's like Alone in the Dark: New Nightmare where the two characters (you can play both) are mostly separated but come together occasionally (though getting the timing on that could be a pain).  It's less scary to move a group of people through an area, at least in terms of being in a videogame as the reality of it would be more frightening with everyone playing off each other's fear and hysteria.  Also harder to stealth as a pack.

 

I reckon a game like Outlast but with Lovecraftian appeal / storyline could be great, too.   :)

 

Actually the original Outlast's story could work as a tale of Lovecraft.

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AdamAlexander

I'm not a fan of multiplayer, especially in this type of game.

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MarkMorrison

Hi everyone -

 

I was involved in the initial plotting, so do not speak for the fine team at Cyanides, but I can share some information that is already out there:

 

Call of Cthulhu is a single player investigation game. To approximate the feel of a team of investigators, the game has a companion system; you recruit allies and can then send them off to do things. You can read more about it in this preview on PC Games N (bonus, the author is a CoC RPG player):

http://www.pcgamesn.com/call-of-cthulhu/call-of-cthulhu-is-a-mystery-where-youll-need-to-bargain-your-sanity-for-answers

 

And, here's the first preview, from Vice:

http://www.vice.com/read/the-new-call-of-cthulhu-is-eschewing-horror-video-game-predictability-112

 

Blackstone, your idea is cool. But, from my experience of 20 years in videogames (and, importantly, my opinion, not that of Focus or Cyanides), adding full multiplayer requires considerable budget: new characters and animations, voice acting, code to make it all work, puzzles that make use of multiple players, etc.

 

Traditionally these games are single player experiences, and it seems that folks are comfortable with that. Where we do see popular and best selling horror multiplayer games they seem to be FPS (eg Left 4 Dead), because shooting and action is a lot more straight forwards to make than multiplayer investigation. (I don't take anything away from the skill of Valve or just how awesome Left 4 Dead is, it's just that when you make a videogame it's nice to have a clear focus). Left 4 Dead also perfectly suits the quick drop-in-and-play-culture of online games, whereas an investigatorial multiplayer would work best with a dedicated group of friends who all go through the mystery at the same time.

 

Again, I think that it would be really awesome to play a game as you describe it, but once you add the technical issues and the smaller market share, it might be hard to make a game to the right quality level and still make money. Perhaps this is something that we will see evolve in the indie space, where people are free to develop ideas without the constraint of next-gen graphics.

 

Luckily, we will always have regular CoC for the perfect multiplayer experience!

 

Best,

 

Mark

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shazzner

I think multiplayer for this type of game is a horrible trap and a waste of the material. Also FunFact: if you read the history of Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth, they tried the multiplayer thing which lead to four years of wasted development (and ultimately a bit of a mess of a game).

 

I'm really just hoping and praying to the elder gods it will be ported to SteamOS/Linux.

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Danial

I agree that multiplayer would be a waste of time and effort for a game like this. Even companion "co-op" can get sketchy unless they have amazing AI. I'd rather them focus on bringing us an atmospheric single-player experience. 

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Mortagon

Here's the first trailer.

 

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noahghola

Here's the first trailer.

 

Granted it's just the first trailer, but as someone who loves horror video games I am so excited for this. Will try to not get my hopes too high, however...

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Laraqua

Same.  I'm keeping it on a "this shall be fun" level rather than "this will be epic!"  Because then, strangely enough, I'm more likely to find it epic...

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Danial

I'm just curious how much it's actually taking from Call of Cthulhu to justify licensing the name.

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TheVisitor

I really hope this is isn't one of those "Atmosphere and jumpscares only" type of deals like Outlast. Although I liked Outlast somewhat, the actually gameplay was very shallow and there wasn't that much to challenge those grey cells.

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Mortagon

New trailer is up.

 

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KnygathinZhaum

Being a dedicated gaming hobbyist I have no idea how I missed this until literally yesterday. A game based on the PnP game rather than HPL's story is so incredibly righteous I can hardly believe it's even happening!

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Mortagon

New E3 trailer

 

 

I'm getting excited for this game.

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PoC

Apparently the video game is based on D&D.... :-)

 

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KnygathinZhaum
On 21/06/2017 at 13:51, PoC said:

Apparently the video game is based on D&D.... :-)

 

Eh? I thought for certain I read that it was based on vanilla Call of Cthulhu? Even read that some of the OG writers for materials were writing for the game...

 

EDIT: Oh. You were being facetious weren't you.

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ContentsMayVary

Yeah, he was being facetious. Those guys (that did that preview) evidently haven't got a clue about RPGs...

 

But regardless, it looks like the game is going to be great.

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MOB

The Vidiots from Yogscast take a good look at Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game, including some w-i-p gameplay footage. Produced by Focus Home Interactive under license from Chaosium and firmly based on the tabletop rpg (hints in the name). This has been some time in the making, but is coming out on PS4, X-Box 1 and PC later this year.

 

 

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MOB

The new Call of Cthulhu video game website is now open! This game is licensed from Chaosium and has content from the Call of Cthulhu maestro Mark Morrison.

 

http://www.callofcthulhu-game.com

 

[And Chaosium creative director Jeff Richard just wants to let folk know - he's played it and it is awesome ("the perks of being the licensor are glorious indeed")].

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KnygathinZhaum

WHEN WHEN WHEN WHEN WHEN!?

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