World War II Turn-based strategy meets Cthulhu – Launching on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in 2018
Veteran strategy game developer Auroch Digital, and indie publisher extraordinaire Ripstone have collaborated with the award-winning table top team at Modiphius to create Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics – The Forest of Fear which is set for release on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch later this year.
Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics is a World War II themed strategic role-playing game in which the player controls an army of Allied heroes trapped behind enemy lines trying to uncover and foil a Nazi plot of terrifying evil. The game draws from the award-winning Achtung! Cthulhu roleplaying universe developed by Modiphius, which sees the Nazis turn to other-worldly mythical beings to bolster their war effort.
The game encompasses an array of unique gameplay features, including an innovative combat system constructed around the theme of light vs darkness. Representing the battle of ‘good vs evil’, Allied characters find solace in the light whilst the opposing Nazi army hide in the shadows awaiting their moment to strike. A skilled player can use this light and dark feature to provide an edge to their gameplay strategy.
Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics also includes an intricate momentum system, which encourages the player to think strategically about their long-term plan to overthrow the Nazi reign of terror. Each successful action builds momentum for the player, which in turn opens up new lines of tactical attack. Each playable character has a tailored momentum action, ranging from a rake of machine gun fire to a fast snap-shot with a pistol. When layered with basic commands and attacks, this momentum system allows the player to build ingenious combinations of tactical brilliance.
Tomas Rawlings, Design Director at Auroch Digital, enthuses: “It’s a real honor to work alongside Modiphius and Ripstone on what will be a premium Cthulhu-mashup. Having worked with the Ripstone team before back in the PlayStation 3 days, together we made amazing strategy games, and I’m confident history will repeat itself!”
Ripstone have fully funded the core game, for release later this year; however new and existing fans of Achtung! Cthulhu can sign up to fight the good fight by donating additional funds on Kickstarter for extra characters and content to be included within the game. The Kickstarter broke-though its initial goal in under 3 days.
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What is Cthulhu?
For those unfamiliar with the Cthulhu Mythos, ‘Cthulhu’ is a titanic alien being who slumbers in the inhuman sunken city of R’lyeh which, rumour has it, lies in the South Pacific. Once, many years ago, Cthulhu and other beings akin to him ruled the earth. Such is Cthulhu’s power, that even asleep he is able to influence the dreams of humans and has created a fragmented but global cult of worshippers who consider him a god. Cthulhu was first created by horror writer H.P. Lovecraft who wrote many terrifying books featuring Cthulhu and other unspeakable ancient horrors.
About Auroch Digital
A well-known strategy game developer baracked in the Bristol Games Hub. Their crack squad of developers is commanded by Tomas Rawlings. A veteran game designer and noted Mythos scholar, Tom was the the creator and designer of Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land, a multiple award-winning title, including Winner Mobile Game of The Year 2012 (HorribleNight.com) and Winner 2012 Best Smartphone or Tablet Game (Digitally Downloaded).
Modiphius founded Achtung! Cthulhu five years ago this month. The team is lead by its originator, the founder of Modiphius, Chris Birch. Having moulded Modiphius into an award-winning tabletop games publisher, with games like Conan Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of, Star Trek Adventures, Thunderbirds, Fallout: Wasteland Warfare, and John Carter of Mars, Modiphius is headquartered in a secret London base of operations. Chris is backed up on the Achtung! Cthulhu project by writer, novelist and keeper of the lore, John Houlihan.
Based in an old warehouse in Liverpool, that can only be accessed by means of a secret code, Ripstone are helping fund this mission, as well as supporting the teams with their experienced producers, eagle-eyed testers, and crack marketers. Founded in 2011 by publishing and film industry veterans, to-date Ripstone has financed and published 15 games across 14 platforms, with worldwide sales in excess of 10 million units. They have been a finalist for the MCV Indie Games Label award and the TIGA Best Publisher award. Their back catalogue includes Ironcast, Stick It To The Man, and Chess Ultra, to name but a few.