Rock Pocket Games, developers of the puzzle platformer Shiftlings, has announced a new title coming to the PlayStation 4 in 2018. Titled Moons of Madness, this new game will be a Lovecraftian inspired psychological horror set in Mars. Rock Pocket is hoping to use the horrific setting to provide a game that really delves into character psychology and mental illness.
Here’s more from the developers:
“Moons of Madness is more than just a sci-fi psychological horror game, it’s a project that the team has been brewing for a long time and aspires to redefine the genre by immersing the player into the character’s psychology and its mental illness,” said Ivan Moen, CEO, Rock Pocket Games. “As fans of H.P. Lovecraft, it was easy for us to anchor the game with solid references from his visceral story telling material. At the same time we have invested a lot of time and energy mastering Unreal Engine 4 to create a realistic Martian world, which is perfectly illustrated in the high production value and stunning visuals found in the launch trailer.”
There is also the announcement trailer:
Moons of Madness really looks like it’s going to nail a creepy atmosphere!
Finally, more information about Moons of Madness’ development:
To render this lyrical experience on screen, Moons of Madness rely on three main core mechanics:
- Combining hard science, based on meticulous analysis of NASA and Space X research, with Lovecraftian horror.
- An innovative feature called “Zone Outs” that simulates Lovecraftian madness. Players are exposed to hallucinations and visions they play through as part of the game. They have to understand what the visions are expressing as they foreshadow certain events mapping out the character’s history.
- Exploring mental illness through various game modes without antagonizing the medical condition itself.
What are you looking forward to with Moons of Madness?