Norwegian independent development studio Rock Pocket Games has announced the upcoming release of Moons of Madness, a psychological horror game inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
Arriving in 2018, Moons of Madness is a first-person, narrative-driven game of mind-distorting horror fiction created for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One platforms. A sci-fi thriller, the game explores the internal struggles of astronaut Shane Newehart as he is subjected to supernatural events occurring on the first scientific outpost on Mars.
Moons of Madness seeks to capture the essence of H.P. Lovecraft’s work: the sense that normal, ordinary life is merely an illusion concealing the truth—that reality is so dark, twisted, and alien that even attempting to comprehend it might drive an ordinary mortal mad. A unique, innovative feature called “Zone Outs” is intended to simulate the descent into madness. Throughout the game, players are exposed to hallucinations and visions, which they must attempt to understand and interpret, as they foreshadow certain events mapping out character history.
In addition to the “Zone Outs” feature, Rock Pocket Games combines hard science based on meticulous analysis of NASA and Space X research to create a realistic Martian world, rendered in painstaking detail using Unreal Engine 4. A trailer was released on YouTube, titled Reality Wreck, and is viewable below:
Attendees of the annual Gamescom trade fair in Germany later in August will have a chance to try out a playable version of Moons of Madness, as the game will be showcased as part of the Indie Arena Booth.
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