It’s been years since the announcement of CALL OF CTHULU by Focus Home Interactive. In that time, very little about the Lovecraftian universe developed by French company Cyanide Studio has been shared, so we figured it’s time we hook you up with everything you need to know about the upcoming game.

CALL OF CTHULHU is a first-person narrative pen and paper RPG horror game. As you take control of Edward Pierce, you investigate the Hawkin’s family house to find out the reason behind their murders. This is where the narrative aspect takes place; the more you look for clues the better your investigation goes forward. Your gameplay may also be a little different from that of your friends since your decisions will impact not only the story–but Edward as well. As the game progresses, Edward’s sanity becomes questionable. Don’t worry; though, there will be a sanity meter in the game to relay Edward’s mental state. There are also weapons throughout the game, but none of them can be used against any creatures you may come across. The point of the game is not to defeat creatures but to simply survive the nightmares you encounter.

CALL OF CTHULHU will contain 14 chapters and has an average gameplay of 10 to 12 hours. However, depending on how much time you invest in your investigation, you could clock as many as 18 to 20 hours into it. There are also four different endings; each determined by the decisions made throughout your campaign.

CALL OF CTHULHU is set to release at end of 2018. We’ll provide a concrete release date when one becomes available. Until then, check out the new E3 trailer below:

Call of Cthulhu, the official videogame inspired by Chaosium’s classic pen and paper RPG, today defines madness in its heart-pumping E3 Trailer! Uncover the chilling mysteries of this Narrative RPG game, descending deep into a world of cosmic horrors, creeping madness, and shrouded Old Gods within Lovecraft’s iconic universe.

1924. Private Investigator Edward Pierce is sent to look into the tragic death of the Hawkins family in their imposing mansion on the isolated Darkwater Island, off the shores of Boston. Between unfriendly locals and dubious police reports, it becomes clear there’s more to the case than meets the eye. Soon enough, Pierce is plunged into a terrifying world of conspiracies, cultists, and cosmic horrors…

In this world, nothing is as it seems. Sanity is an irregular bedfellow, all too often replaced by the whisperings in the dark. Strange creatures, weird science, and shadowy cults dominate the Cthulhu Mythos, intent on realizing their mad schemes to bring about the end of everything. Your mind will suffer – balancing a razor-thin line between sanity and madness, your senses will be disrupted until you question the reality of everything around you. Trust no one. Creeping shadows hide lurking figures… and all the while, the Great Dreamer prepares for his awakening.


  • Investigate a dark mystery that goes deep into the Lovecraft mythos
  • Official adaptation of Chaosium’s emblematic tabletop game
  • Develop game-changing mental traumas and lose your sanity
  • Explore branching paths for varied playstyles with multiple endings
  • Face cosmic horrors, both real and imaginary
  • Develop your abilities across four skill trees
  • Question Darkwater citizens and uncover their secrets
  • Discover clues to make deductions in your investigation