Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1958 classic movie Vertigo is the inspiration for this upcoming video game from Pendulo Studios which is called Vertigo. This isn’t a direct adaptation and you don’t even play as Jimmy Stewart’s retired police detective character from the movie, John “Scottie” Ferguson.
The game is based on a whole new story that also takes inspiration from other Hitchcock movies that which include Spellbound, Psycho, and Rebecca.
Here’s the official synopsis from the game:
In Alfred Hitchcock – Vertigo, dive into a new kind of psychological thriller, and walk on a thin line between reality and fantasy.
Writer Ed Miller came out unscathed from his car crash down into Brody Canyon, California. Even though no one was found inside the car wreckage, Ed insists that he was traveling with his wife and daughter. Traumatized by this event, he begins to suffer from severe vertigo. As he starts therapy, he will try to uncover what really happened on that tragic day.
Pendulo Studios narrative designer Josué Monchan said in a statement:
“Of course, Alfred Hitchcock’s movie was a major inspiration source, whether it’s about the game’s themes, its narration, or even the visual techniques we used that clearly mirror Hitchcock’s recurrent cinematographic techniques. Vertigo is not our only frame of reference. For instance, the fact that therapy is at the core of the narrative echoes Spellbound, and some characters resemble protagonists from Rebecca, Psycho, and many more.”
I don’t really see the point of this but maybe it’ll be fun and worth playing? Some of the key features of the game include:
An exclusive, original story about obsession, memory, manipulation, and madness, freely inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece, Vertigo.
Live a powerful narrative experience paying tribute to the visual and storytelling techniques of the thriller genre.
Investigate through the vision of three characters: everyone has a different story to tell.
Explore several timelines to cross-check the events and separate reality from deceptive memories.
Alfred Hitchcock – Vertigo will be released for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC (Steam) in late 2021.
Check out the behind-the-scenes video.