Rock Pocket Games, an indie studio located in Norway, has announced a new sci-fi psychological horror title – Moons of Madness. And you know me, I’m all over anything with “psychological horror” in its description.
It gets better, since the words “H.P. Lovecraft inspired” are also in there.
The game follows astronaut Shane Newehart and the supernatural events that occur on research station Trailblazer Alpha, the first scientific outpost on the planet Mars.
Moons of Madness appears to combine real-life science and technology with cosmic horror. According to the studio, the purpose of this combination is to blur the lines between reality and fiction. Personally, I think the sci-fi setting is perfect for that kind of narrative. Both the environment and your own mind can turn against you at any moment, which creates the kind of tension you want in a horror game.
Another interesting future the game introduces are “Zone Outs”. As you can see in the trailer above, Shane suffers from hallucinations and visions, aiming to simulate Lovecraftian madness. These “Zone Outs” are only in his mind, but represent certain events from the character’s past, while also foreshadowing a dark future.
The player will have to try and decipher these visions to understand what’s really going on, without succumbing to mental illness. That where the Madness in the game’s title comes into play, as the studio is hoping to explore mental illness “without antagonizing the medical condition itself.”
And finally, I just have to say how much I like the fact you can see reflections and the character’s breath of the helmet visor. It’s the small details that help create a believable world, and its so important for a horror title such as this.
Moons of Madness will blast off to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in 2018. You can blame the developers for the pun, not me. It was part of the official press release…Some of our posts include links to online retail stores. We get a small cut if you buy something through one of our links. Don't worry, it doesn't cost you anything extra.