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Games of 2019 – The Sinking City

With the passing of the old year and the dawning of the new comes renewed hopes and expectations for the year ahead. Lord Alfred Tennyson, Queen Victoria’s Poet Laureate, once wrote: Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier.’Ah, but who cares about all that, a new year means new games!

2018 was a little disappointing for Xbox fans, so we’re hoping that 2019 proves to be a lot better. Over the next couple of weeks, we’re going to be highlighting a different game each day, giving you all the relevant details and salient talking points for big games of the year. With so many upcoming titles, we’ve decided to do this in order of release date. Today, we’re talking about the upcoming release from developer Frogwares, The Sinking City.

Game details

Title: The Sinking City
Developer: Frogwares
Publisher: Bigben Interactive
Release date: March 21, 2019

What is it?

The Sinking City is a new action/investigation game from developers Frogwares. It is an open-world adventure set in the 1920s which is inspired by the world and works of H.P. Lovecraft. Players follow the story of a Charles W. Reed an investigator who shows up in the town of Oakmont Massachusetts.

What could go right

H.P. Lovecraft’s influence can be seen throughout the gaming world right now. With the current success of table-top games like Betrayal at House on The Hill, Mansions of Madness, and the Arkham Horror series it is not surprising to see more titles releasing based on, or inspired by, Lovecraft’s work. Frogwares has quite a history of creating investigation titles to mixed levels of success. Some games are loved, others not so much. From the bits of gameplay footage that have been released the game’s setting looks super creepy. The monsters are horrific and just what you’d expect in a Lovecraftian world. It also appears that they are playing with a sanity-meter mechanic which could prove very interesting.

The Sinking City

What could go wrong?

Investigation games are a difficult genre. Horror investigation games are another thing entirely. Investigation games are consistently plagued with finicky controls, annoying mechanics and more often than not mediocre storytelling. Developers seem to have difficulty finding the delicate balance of telling their envisioned story whilst allowing players to feel they are making substantive inputs along the way. Frogwares history does help to assuage hesitations of that variety though. With its background in producing solid Sherlock Holmes games, it could come down to a figurative coin-flip. Will their previous experience with Sherlock be enough to tackle Lovecraft? Will this game do enough differently to set it apart from other games like Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Outlast 2, and Alien: Isolation? Can Frogwares create another investigation hit or will it be a flop?

Well, those are a few of our thoughts about The Sinking City. What do you think? Will you be rushing to purchase this or will you wait to see how some reviewers rate the experience? Let us know what you think in the comments section below. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s next big game of 2019!

Allen H. Mowers
Allen works professionally in photography, cinematography, and marketing. As a lifelong camera junkie, he channels his creative and technical energy into the craft of photography, both in digital and analog processes.He also loves playing games of all sorts, shapes, and play styles. Most days when he's not doing photo related things he can be found playing D&DDiablo IIIBattlefield 1, or something retro. He also is a co-host and producer on the Min/Max Podcast.

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