Norwegian studio Rocket Pocket Games has just announced Moons of Madness, a first-person “cosmic horror” game due to launch on PS4, Xbox One, and PC during this year’s Halloween season. Set on Mars in a not-so-distant future, Moons of Madness mixes first-person sci-fi exploration with Lovecraftian horror themes in a game that looks like a wonderful mashup of Dead Space and Event Horizon.
Rock Pocket Games have previously had previously teased footage of a prototype version some time ago, but the project only became a fullscale operation after publisher Funcom became involved.
“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.”
In Moons of Madness, you play Shane Newehart, a lowly technician stationed at the secret research base Invictus. He’s part of a science team that’s due to soon be relieved of their duties by a secondary team aboard the Cyrano, a transport on route from earth.
With the rest of his team away-from-base on an EVA mission, and as a result of his low-security clearance, he’s not privy to the strange, intelligent signal that’s been detected by Invictus’ sensors. What he does discover are a host of unusual setbacks. Crucial systems begin to malfunction, and the greenhouse is filled with a strange mist.
As he slowly starts to see and hear things terrifying things, Newehart questions whether he’s descending into madness or actually being attacked by some nightmarish entity.
Moons of Madness draws upon the rich lore and mythology of Funcom’s Secret World Legends. Both games exist in the same thematic universe, but the developers are keen to stress that playing one is not a prerequisite to enjoy the other.
You can check out the spooky trailer for yourself below: