In June this year, Alfred Hitchcock – Vertigo, finally inspired by the film of the same name by the master of tension from 1958, was finally presented in more detail on the occasion of E3. At that time, however, we had only a few screenshots, a stylized trailer and a few moving shots of the game, which flashed in the developer’s diary. Now the authors have finally boasted a gameplay trailer that better shows what the game will look like in action.
The story trailer reminds that the play is not an adaptation of the original film, but rather is freely inspired by it and is also set in the modern world. The main character is the writer Ed Miller, who seems to survive a terrible car accident without harm, but as a result he begins to suffer from intense dizziness. In addition, he is convinced that he lost his wife and daughter in the accident, which does not indicate anything. No one was in the car with him.
Alfred Hitchcock’s Dilm was, of course, the main source of inspiration for the authors, both in terms of story and themes, but they were inspired not only by Vertigo, but also by films such as Psycho, Rebecca or The Split Soul.
The authors promise a thrilling story of obsession, memory, manipulation and madness. According to them, they imitate Alfred Hitchcock’s narrative and pictorial techniques. We will enjoy the story from the perspective of three characters, each of whom tells a different part of the plot from his point of view. And we will examine several time frames to verify the information.
As we wrote earlier, narrative designer Josué Monchan of Pendulo Studios stated that Alfred Hitchcock’s film was, of course, the main source of inspiration for the authors, both in terms of story and themes, but not only Vertigo, but also films such as Psycho, Rebecca and Rozdvojená soul. This will be reflected in some characters. We have to prepare for a disturbing investigation in our own minds. And the truth can sometimes be worse than madness, developers warn.
Pendulo Studios ask us if we can trust our own minds. They lure you to a new kind of psychological thriller. Monchan says it will be a confusion between imagination, dreams, memory and reality. Like Hitchcock, they want to focus on the psychological side of the action and the dark depiction of reality. The authors also studied the way the director used the camera, the details and the approach. “In a film, the viewer always knows more than the main character. We had to transform it into a game and let the player know more than the character he controls, ”adds Monchan.
Vertigo is aimed at PC, Mac, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series and Switch. It will be released on PC and Mac on December 16 this year, and on consoles next year. If you reach for the digital deluxe edition, you can look forward to an artbook, soundtrack, avatars, wallpapers and image filters for the game.
Who’s working on it
The game is published by the French company Microids, which specializes in adventure games. The authors first spoke about Vertigo in March 2018. Microids then acquired the rights to this brand. The Spanish team Pendulo Studios was founded in 1993, also specializes in adventure and became famous for the game Runaway: A Road Adventure from 2001. The last time in 2019 the authors launched the adventure Blacksad: Under the Skin based on the comic book of the same name in the end, despite great ambitions, it took away only slightly above-average marks. Vertigo is a film from 1958. It has won several awards.