The Arkham Horror Files are indeed growing
It basically started with Arkham Horror. Taking the Lovecraft Cthulhu mythos, Arkham Horror was a huge undertaking both in production and player investment. Over time, games like Eldritch Horror, Elder Sign, and Mansions of Madness have been added to the world or the Arkham Horror Files.
Each game in the series offers something different and is aimed at very different types of gamers. Arkham Horror has Investigators cooperating to explore the town of Arkham to try and foil the plans of the Old Ones. Eldritch Horror took the game to an international stage. Elder Sign has players exploring the Arkham Museum by completing dice rolling challenges. And finally, Mansions of Madness introduced the one vs many type gameplay as players explored the house.
Mansions of Madness Second Edition evolved the game from one vs many to a straight cooperative game. This was done by introducing an app that took the part of the player controlling the evil forces. And it was a great success.
This wasn’t the first digital dabbling for the Arkham Horror Files though. The first is a game called Elder Sign: Omens, a digital version of the original Elder Sign. I have mentioned this game before and is a great little filler game on my phone, and I recommend to anyone looking for something a little different they can pick up and put down.
But this article isn’t about the past – it’s about what is coming. Announced for a first-quarter 2019 release, Mansions of Madness is getting a digital reimagining.
Titled Mothers Embrace, the only thing really confirmed is that the game will be a third person adventure game, I am hoping similar to the old school Alone in the Dark, Resident Evil and Silent Hill type gameplay.
This will be a single player game, the player will control four investigators simultaneously. This may lead to puzzles like in the Day of the Tentacle, where one investigator cannot continue until another has done some actions in another area.
Keep in mind, musings on gameplay is all purely speculative. But I do enjoy the world of the Arkham Horror Files, and another game to introduce this universe to people is something I will always be keen on. As a marketing tactic, making different types of games that appeal to different players is a great way of leading players into new experiences.
Something to put to the test though is the developer Luckyhammers. At the moment I haven’t seen any of their work, but they are working on the digital version of Terraforming Mars due out in the next couple of months. While Terraforming Mars is a more traditional digital board game implementation but will be the first look at what they are capable of.
Until more information, enjoy some of the screenshots from the Mansions of Madness: Mother’s Embrace Steam page.