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Call of Cthulhu Has Been Delayed To 2018

Focus Home Interactive’s Call of Cthulhu has become the latest victim to delay into 2018. The horror RPG-investigation game will now avoid the holiday, a wise move.

 

 

 

“2018,” wrote developer Cyanide in a now-deleted Tweet. “We’ll announce an accurate date as soon as possible, but first we’re focused on making the best possible game. Have a nice day!”

The development of Call of Cthulhu has been a troubled one. Originally announced in 2014, it was a Frogwares gig (Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments), but development was snatched off them by publisher Focus Interactive and shifted to Cyanide (Styx, Blood Bowl). Although Cyanide has proven themselves a talented bunch that could do Lovecraft’s work justice.

 

Call of Cthulhu is the second Focus game to got delayed to 2018 after Vampyr suffered a similar fate last week. We said it then and we’ll say it now, a holiday release doesn’t suit releases which don’t quite hit that AAA bracket. That’s not to say they’re worse games, but they’ve got lower production values and a more niche appeal that can simply get drowned out when the Assassin’s Creeds, Star Wars and Call of Dutys of this world steamroller in.

On paper, Call of Cthulhu sounds like a fascinating game. Based on Chaosium’s pen and paper RPG Call of Cthulhu, and H.P. Lovecraft, of course, Call of Cthulhu is a role-player detective game set on a backwater island where an entire family has been murdered. It should delve deep into the bowels of psychological and cosmic horror, the ever-present threat of Cthulhu itself lurking behind the scenes.

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