Funcom has given us a brand new look at Rock Pocket Games’ upcoming project with today’s Moons of Madness trailer. The footage shows us “the darker side of Mars”, as psychological horror takes hold of you on the distant red planet.
Within Moons of Madness, you play through the first-person narrative from the perspective of Shane Newehart. Newehart is a low level technician on the state-of-the-art research outpost, Invictus.
What Newehart doesn’t know due to his low security clearance is that Invictus was built by the Orochi corporation after alien messages from Mars were received. Now that they’ve arrived and set up shop, strange occurrences are transpiring. Rock Pocket Games explains that as the unknowing technician, “You begin seeing and hearing things that aren’t there. Visions, hallucinations – or is that even what it is? Is this real… or are you slowly descending into madness?”
The developers base the project around “a functioning Mars base in a game that uses non-fiction elements to immerse players in a believable setting.” And they also confirm that Moons of Madness is built within “the same thematic universe” as Funcom’s MMO, The Secret World Legends. So you may see some easter eggs here and there alluding to that.
The Moons of Madness trailer is fascinating. It’s a gorgeous first-person look at Mars from the view of Chief Engineer Newehart. But it doesn’t take long before things begin to get twisted in some dark and disturbing ways. It’s intense to say the least.
CEO of Rock Pocket Games, Ivan Moen, stated that “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.”
The publisher confirmed within the Moons of Madness trailer that the game will be releasing for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. And they plan to drop it right around Halloween, because, you know, the spookies. We’ll see if the title can crack Nerd Much?’s list of the 50 Best Horror Games when it arrives later this year.