Frogwares‘ upcoming Lovecraftian game The Sinking City is continuing to make headway with development. Throughout the process, Frogwares have kept us all up to date with their dev diary series and now they’ve also started a Q&A mini-series, where they’ll answer user’s questions submitted over social media. The first video in the series is out, where they answer questions on play-style, lore, platforms and the elusive release date.
Community manager Sergey Oganesyan starts off by answering a few questions about gameplay. He affirms that the game is completely open world and that “in terms of gameplay it is more of a detective game, so you will be solving crimes and unveiling numerous dark secrets”.
He also reveals the approximate length of the game and it’s relatively beefy, being “around thirty, maybe forty, hours of playtime… but it can easily go above that if you’re a completionist, or just want to see all the different endings.” This definitely sounds like the game will have a bunch of winding side-quests and this is the first time we’re hearing of multiple possible endings.
Answering a question about balancing their vision with with that of H.P. Lovecraft, Oganesyan also took to time to remind us the game won’t be directly linked to any of Lovecraft’s stories: “Keep in mind that The Sinking City is actually not an official adaptation of the Lovecraftian books. It’s rather an expansion, more like an expansion of his universe by devoted fans of his novels.”
The video confirms the platforms they’re releasing for (PC, PS4 and Xbox One) and firmly addresses the release date questions, just not in the way everyone wanted: “We will announce the release date and price when we are ready.”
To be fair, Oganesyan makes it clear that while they’ve made a lot of progress, there’s still much work they need to do if they want the game up to their standard.
They pack a lot of questions into this three-minute video, so check it out below!