A new video game inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 psychological thriller Vertigo is being developed by French publisher Microids to be released this year.
The company teased the game in a trailer released this week, full of spinning visuals and ominous music reminiscent of the cult classic.
“Writer Ed Miller came out unscathed from his car crash down into Brody Canyon, California,” the video’s description reads. “Even though no one was found inside the car wreckage, Ed insists that he was traveling with his wife and daughter. Traumatized by this event, he begins to suffer from severe vertigo. As he starts therapy, he will try to uncover what really happened on that tragic day.”
Microids said in a press release that the narrative adventure game, officially called Alfred Hitchcock – Vertigo, was “freely inspired” by the film. Josué Monchan, Narrative Designer at Pendulo Studios, said the game was also inspired by Spellbound while some characters resemble people from Rebecca and Psycho.
“Of course, Alfred Hitchcock’s movie was a major inspiration source, whether it’s about the game’s themes, its narration, or even the visual techniques we used that clearly mirror Hitchcock’s recurrent cinematographic techniques.”
The game features an original storyline about “obsession, memory, manipulation and madness,” and players can investigate through the vision of three characters, each with their own story to tell. Players will need to explore several timelines to cross-check the events and distinguish fact from fiction.
“Prepare yourself for a disturbing investigation inside the human mind: the truth is sometimes worse than madness,” the company writes.
The game is set to launch at the end of the year on PC (Steam), PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One consoles and Nintendo Switch.
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