Moons of Madness is another one for the cosmic horror list


Now with Secret World connections

Still in the mood for cosmic horror? Rock Pocket Games has reintroduced Moons of Madness, a hallucination-filled game in which things go increasingly wrong on a Mars research base for our low-level-security protagonist who’s just supposed to “keep the lights on” until the next crew shows up.

We first covered this horror adventure game in 2017. In the time since, publisher Funcom has come on board and Moons of Madness now “draws upon the rich lore and mythology” of Secret World Legends. (Orochi sound familiar?) “With Funcom’s support we have been given the opportunity to do all the things we wanted to do with the game and the story,” said Rock Pocket Games CEO Ivan Moen.

There are similar sequences in this and the original trailer, and at least at a glance, Moons of Madness seems to have the same general concept as before, but the presentation is tighter this time around. I like that it’s not going to be nonstop horror, too. There will be more mundane moments spent tinkering with solar panels and electrical systems since the main character is, well, a technician. I’m feeling it, especially that gnarly scene up top that reminds me I’ve been wanting to see Annihilation again.

Moons of Madness will be out in time for Halloween 2019 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Is there any conceivable way this will have a happy ending? A quick death might be our best-case scenario.