There's no real shortage of games that draw upon the works of HP Lovecraft. This week's Call of Cthulhu might the latest, but it draws upon another little known but much loved game that shares the same name. Five years in the making, the development of Headfirst Production's Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth is every bit as chaotic, and sometimes as shocking, as the fiction it draws upon. Based in Sutton Coldfield, developer Headfirst Productions was established in 1998 by the father-and-son team of Mike and Simon Woodroffe. As Adventure Soft and Horror Soft, the pair had had some success in the 80s and 90s with games such as 1984's Gremlins: The Adventure Game, and Simon The Sorcerer nine years later. With a 3D version of that latter series in development, designer Andrew Brazier took to the internet to get feedback on a new idea Headfirst had hit upon. "I went on a Cthulhu newsgroup in the summer of 1999, as back then it was the easiest way to get in touch with a load of … [Read more...] about The chaotic tale behind video game’s best Lovecraft adaptation
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If you're partial to mountains of madness or things on doorsteps, this is your year. Cyanide's Call of Cthulhu adaptation will release on 30th October for PC, Xbox One and PS4, publisher Focus Home Interactive has announced.Charmingly subtitled "The Official Video Game", the adaptation has had a rough time in development - it began life back in 2014 at Adventures of Sherlock Holmes studio Frogwares, known and feared for its teleporting Watson, only to fetch up in Cyanide's hands after a reported two years of inactivity. Of course, it won't be a proper HP Lovecraft adaptation unless everybody involved with the project vanishes in eerie circumstances save for a single QA tester who spends the rest of their days babbling about angles you can smell and colours you can taste.I had a chance to see this at a Focus Home showcase a few months ago. The game stars private detective Edward Pierce, who travels to remote Darkwater Island near Boston, Massachussets to investigate the deaths of an … [Read more...] about Doom-haunted Call of Cthulhu game finally gets a release date
When HP Lovecraft wrote the definition of the genre he more-or-less invented, he did it with the understanding that weird fiction was always going to be a niche taste. In his 1927 essay, Supernatural Horror in Literature, he declared that: "tales of ordinary feelings and events, or of common sentimental distortions of such feelings and events, will always take first place in the taste of the majority; rightly, perhaps, since of course these matters make up the greater part of human experience." Barely able to generate an income, chewed up and spat out by the pulp magazines, and finally, dying painfully of untreated stomach cancer ten years later, Lovecraft could reasonably have expected to be forgotten. Except, he wasn't. Nine decades later, Lovecraft is everywhere, deeply embedded in the language of books, movies and - especially - video games. Upcoming survival horror Call of Cthulu from Cyanide is explicitly based on the Lovecraft short story, but his tentacled imagination of … [Read more...] about Why can’t we forget Lovecraft?