Lovecraft, ‘Minecraft’: Ex-‘BioShock’ Dev Goes Indie with Roguelike ‘Eldritch’

As the name suggests, “Eldritch” takes the Deep Ones and Shoggoths of H. P. Lovecraft and plops them in the chunky, cubic voxelated dungeons of the modern roguelike. Armed with a dagger, a revolver, and a handful of spells and incantations, it’s the player’s job to survive without getting his consciousness boiled down to goo by some incomprehensible horror.

What I like about the game’s announcement trailer (below) is how it mixes and matches the cosmic terror of the Lovecraft characters with “Minecraft”’s goofy aesthetic. So-called weird fiction is often sardonic, but there’s a lightheartedness to “Eldritch” that’s balanced by creepy audio direction and tense stealth gameplay.

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