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The Norwegian Film Institute Backs Development of Moons of Madness

The Norwegian Film Institute Backs Development of Moons of Madness

The Norwegian Film Institute Backs Development of Moons of Madness

Rock Pocket Games has received 3.6 million NOK thus far for its upcoming psychological horror game inspired by Lovecraft


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In Moons of Madness, Norwegian developer Rock Pocket Games will explore 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. The game will have a basis in hard science.

You will experience intense first-person narrative-driven psychological horror within a realistic interpretation of Mars as you delve into a mystery surrounding Shane’s past and learn the secrets behind the sinister moons of madness.

Rock Pocket is employing a unique mechanic called “zone-out” during which Shane will experience hallucinations that encompass events from his past, incidents that have not yet occurred and knowledge he doesn’t actually possess. What’s real and what isn’t will be called into question.

To help make the Lovecraft-inspired Moons of Madness a reality, Rock Pocket has secured a third round of funding from the Norwegian Film Institute, bringing the total received to 3.6 million NOK. Additionally, the game has received backing from the Creative Europe Media Fund in the amount of 150 000 Euros as well as support from Innovasjon Norge, also a branch of the Norwegian Government.

The game is being developed in Unreal 4 for Windows, Playstation 4 and Xbox One. Its release is targeted for Q1 in 2018.

Karla Munger

Karla Munger

I've been with JA in one capacity or other since 2003. I'm currently website administrator. I'm also a digital artist (my avatar is one of my creations). I write reviews and articles, create graphics and basically help tend the site. It's work I enjoy very much. I love playing games of all kinds, but adventure and RPGs are my favorites (particularly scary/dark/unsettling ones). At the top of my list are The Cat Lady, The Longest Journey, Dreamfall, Still Life (first one only), Scratches and Culpa Innata. I'm a dyed-in-the-wool recluse and prefer the company of animals, hardware and ghosts to human beings (no offense). And no bio would be complete without my saying that I do NOT care for phones of ANY sort. Further, I think Dell computers are garbage and that Microsoft has become megalomaniacal. "I put my heart and soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process." - Vincent Van Gogh "I need solitude for my writing; not like a hermit - that wouldn't be enough - but like a dead man." - Franz Kafka "I've been to hell and back, my boy." - Susan Ashworth, The Cat Lady

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