The Sinking City is an upcoming action-adventure mystery horror game from developer Frogwares and publisher Bigben Interactive. It takes as many pages it can out of H.P. Lovecraft’s insane book. Like with many Lovecraftian video and board games, players assume the role of a detective investigating strange happenings in the 1920s, usually involving supernatural beings and cultists and everything in between. In The Sinking City, residents are adjusting to the bizarre rising, haunted tides around them. With peculiar changes to both the scenery and its inhabitants, you must work as hard as possible to unravel the mysteries of what is happening around you.
In the trailer below, Frogwares are trying to make one thing very clear about The Sinking City: don’t expect any hand-holding. Gone are the days of light, melodic tinkling chime sounds as you pass by clues in L.A. Noire. This Cthulu-stuffed game isn’t giving you any help whatsoever. It’s up to the player to find the clues they can on their own without any prompts or assistance and decide when they’re satisfied they’ve got a strong enough case to press forward. The trailer also reveals various special powers the protagonist possesses which can lend aid towards completing his mission.
Naturally, there are weird effects and insanity mechanics that are typical of Lovecraftian media, but the idea of a proper detective game with no assistance granted to the player is one that will definitely be sure to turn heads.
The Sinking City is due for release in 2019, on PS4, Xbox One and PC.