Funcom has been making quite a name with their Conan games, taking great advantage of Robert E. Howard’s works to explore Hyborian Age in new and interesting ways. Therefore, it makes a certain sort of sense that they branch into the works of Howard’s contemporary, and friend, H.P. Lovecraft. That’s exactly where the newly announced Moons of Madness, from developer Rock Pocket Games, promises to fit.
Set on a research base, Invictus, players take the role of Shane Newehart, low level flunky and all around drone worker for the Orochi Group. His job is to basically keep his chair from floating as he awaits his work relief set to arrive in a transport ship. When that relief does arrive, things go haywire. A signal from a nearby planet is detected, base systems keep breaking down, and teammates go missing. It’s the worst possible day at work that can be imagined. (It would be great if Shane exasperatedly exclaims “I’m not even supposed to be here today.”) As this is Lovecraft inspired, expect reality to be twisted and turned in such a way that one cannot determine what is happening and what is just a symptom of a mental breakdown.
The first-person cosmic (literally and figuratively) horror game is set to release for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 around Halloween of this year. In the meantime, check out the trailer below: