Norwegian publisher Funcom has officially announced Moons of Madness, a cosmic horror title set on Mars that walks the fine line between tentacle monsters and your own inner demons.

You play as space technician Shane Newehart, stationed at a secret research facility on Mars. Your job is to keep everything running smoothly until the replacement team arrives to take over your duties. But they are taking way too long, and systems start to malfunction left and right. If that’s not bad enough, the rest of your team have not returned from their EVA mission, a strange mist is filling the greenhouse, and you begin hearing voices that aren’t there.

Are you slowly going insane, or is a malevolent entity reaching through the thin veil of reality? There are those reports of a mysterious, intelligent signal that has been detected as coming from the red planet.

If the premise appears somewhat familiar, it’s because Moons of Madness has been in development for some time now. I had the chance to play an early demo of the game at Gamescom 2017, and I loved its slow-burning brand of horror and lack of tentacles. There now seem to be a lot more tentacles around, but the game still looks terrifying as it was back then.

In the two years that passed, developer Rock Pocket Games has partnered with Funcom to fully realize their vision for their indie horror title.

“With Funcom’s support we have been given the opportunity to do all the things we wanted to do with the game and the story,” said Ivan Moen, CEO of Rock Pocket Games. “Moons of Madness has been an internal passion project of ours, one that we’ve worked on in-between other titles for other publishers, and now being able to fully focus on it and put all our creative energy into it is a dream come true.”

As part of this new partnership, Moons of Madness is now an official part of Funcom’s MMO Secret World Legends, where three factions bid for control over a world where every conspiracy theory, urban legend, and unfathomable cosmic entity are real. You don’t need to play Secret World Legends to enjoy Moons of Madness, they just share the same universe and similar themes.

Moons of Madness is scheduled for Halloween season this year, for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.


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