The Sinking City is a game where Lovecraftian horror is an everyday occurrence, and weirdness is just a state of life. Developer Frogwares and publisher Bigben Interactive have released a new The Sinking City trailer that showcases just how mind-boggling it can be.
In the trailer, we see protagonist Charles W. Reed wake up from, what we can only imagine to be, an epic night out with the buds. Naturally, he gets a weird dream involving tentacles (that certainly is normal), wakes up, and promptly grabs his Tommy Gun and fedora.
Reed knows something is up, however, when he notices a school of fish rise up from where they had been beached, and jump back into the ocean… which is above the city, over their heads. Reed sees this and immediately gets the shock of his life when the body of water comes crashing down around him.
The trailer continues on for a short while thereafter. Reed finds a door in the saloon, which opens to the very spot he woke up in. He subsequently lands in a firefight with the tentacle he dreamt about. The tentacle ultimately wins, but not before we see another version of him laying on the floor. Spooky!
In the end, I think the video is trying to convey that not everything is as it seems. When Reed wakes up for the second time in the trailer, his eyes are different. This implies that, because he was defeated, a new, corrupt clone has taken his place. There is said to be an insanity meter or system in the game that will affect how players see the world. What that means for the actual game, however, remains a mystery.
As with all cinematic trailers, it is hard to gauge exactly what the game will be like. We know the game is a murder-mystery, action-adventure set in an alternate 1920s Oakmont, Massachusetts. The game draws inspiration from H.P. Lovecraft’s universe where the city suffers from “unprecedented floods of supernatural phenomena”.
The game is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows on 21 March 2019.