Moons of Madness, the horror game set in Funcom's The Secret World universe, is out this month

Moons of Madness is part Cthulhu-on-Mars, part exploration of mental illness, and it's coming to PC on October 22. The release date was unveiled with a new trailer, above, featuring flickering lights and tentacled horrors. 

I'm curious to see how it blends these terrors with its story of a family battling mental illness: James was encouraged by what he played in 2017, but a lot has changed since then, most notably the setting. Developer Rock Pocket's publishing deal with Funcom has moved the game in The Secret World's universe, where Lovecraft-style horrors are real. Hopefully it's retained some of the subtleties James felt in his demo.

Moment-to-moment, James said it played a bit like "Gone Home with gadgets and hallucinations". The 12 minutes of gameplay the team showed off in July reminded me a little of the early stages of Alien: Isolation—as main character Shane you're exploring a detailed space station, speaking to other characters over your headset and swapping between well-lit and eerily dark spaces. I like the look of the environments, and I hope these moments of downtime continue when the horror ramps up.

The Steam page is here.

Samuel Horti

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.