Indie developer Rock Pocket Games has announced a new first person psychological horror game titled Moons of Madness. Set on Mars, it will focus on the internal struggles of an astronaut named Shane Newheart by blending hard science, mental illness and H.P. Lovecraft inspired hallucinations that will give a more subtle approach to Shane’s backstory. Rock Pocket Games aims to redefine the psychological horror genre by focusing on these key mechanics, as well as using the Unreal Engine 4 to create a realistic Martian world. You can view the trailer for Moons of Madness below.

Here is a little bit from the press release

Tønsberg, Norway, Thursday August 10, 2017- Critically acclaimed independent game developer Rock Pocket Games announced today that their new H.P. Lovecraft inspired Martian tale Moons of Madness will blast off to PS4, Xbox One and PC in 2018.  Moons of Madness is a first person, psychological horror game that explores the internal struggles of astronaut Shane Newehart and the supernatural events that occur on research station Trailblazer Alpha, the first scientific outpost on the planet Mars.

In Moons of Madness, Rock Pocket Games integrates the cosmicism style found in H.P. Lovecraft’s hallmark to the game’s narrative, environment and gameplay; the sense that ordinary life is a thin shell over a reality that is so alien and abstract in comparison that merely contemplating it would damage the sanity of the ordinary person.

To render this lyrical experience on screen, Moons of Madness rely on three main core mechanics:

  • Combining hard science, based on meticulous analysis of NASA and Space X research, with Lovecraftian horror.
  • An innovative feature called “Zone Outs” that simulates Lovecraftian madness. Players are exposed to hallucinations and visions they play through as part of the game. They have to understand what the visions are expressing as they foreshadow certain events mapping out the character’s history.
  • Exploring mental illness through various game modes without antagonizing the medical condition itself.

“Moons of Madness is more than just a sci-fi psychological horror game, it’s a project that the team has been brewing for a long time and aspires to redefine the genre by immersing the player into the character’s psychology and its mental illness,” said Ivan Moen, CEO, Rock Pocket Games. “As fans of H.P. Lovecraft, it was easy for us to anchor the game with solid references from his visceral story telling material. At the same time we have invested a lot of time and energy mastering Unreal Engine 4 to create a realistic Martian world, which is perfectly illustrated in the high production value and stunning visuals found in the launch trailer.”

Moons of Madness is looking and sounding incredibly impressive. I love psychological horror and am really looking forward to what Rock Pocket Games has in store for us. Are you looking forward to Moons of Madness? Let us know in the comments below!

Moons of Madness will release sometime in 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.


Ashley Ring
Ashley is an IT professional who has a passion for Japanese RPG's and survival horror.