A major videogame based on “The Call of Cthulhu”, has just been announced by… appropriately enough… Frogwares (Ukraine/Ireland) along with their distribution partner Focus. It seems they’ve also cut a deal with Chaosium, re: the new game’s logo being the same as that used for Chaosium’s table-top RPGs.

Frogwares are an experienced and capable indie studio, who are known for their single-player Sherlock Holmes series of puzzle/adventure videogames for the PC. The latest of these is a step up for them, in its licencing of the industry-standard Unreal Engine 3 game engine. Gamers will know that building a game around that particular engine can mean, in terms of boosting graphics quality and more. Here’s the official trailer for their latest Holmes game (due Q2 2014), which perhaps gives us an inkling of what their version of “Cthulhu” might look like…

Assuming this is in the stores in Q2 2014, I guess the studio will start work on “The Call of Cthulhu” around early summer 2014? It would be nice to think they’ll be sticking to Lovecraft’s storyline, but the concept art they’ve released don’t seem to bear much relation. Indeed, the images look more like illustrations for “The Rats in The Walls”, “The Statement of Randolph Carter”, and “The Haunter of the Dark”…

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It would be nice to think Frogwares may even have help from Chaosium in getting the flow and style of the game right. A partnership would make a lot of sense — Chaosium learns about making videogames based on its system, Frogwares learns how to do a Lovecraft RPG adventure right — and hopefully make a better game.

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