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E3 2018: The Sinking City Gameplay Reveal Shows Lovecraftian Atmosphere and Setting

The Cthulhu-like game turned heads at this year's PC Gaming Show.


At this year's PC Gaming Show, The Sinking City developer Frogwares Game Development Studio rolled out a gameplay trailer for their Lovecraftian-influenced title.

Due for release on March 21, 2019, The Sinking City is set in the roaring '20s. Players take on the role of a private investigator charged with uncovering the supernatural force that has taken control of Oakmont, Massachusetts. Okamont has seen better days: Besides being the plaything of supernatural entities, the city has been ravaged by floods.

Frogwares and publisher Bigben Interactive are billing The Sinking City as an open-world game containing elements of adventure and investigation, which dovetails nicely with the player's identity as a P.I. We caught up with Frogwares Community Manager Sergey Oganesyan at E3 2018 to learn more about The Sinking City's mechanics and systems, such as the myriad types of content that will be available for players. Oganesyan also shared that the world is made up of 4,000 buildings, hundreds of which will be fully rendered to give players lots of scenery to explore.

The Sinking City will release next March for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at and @davidlcraddock.

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