For some reason as the count down over on the right side for 'Dark Corners of the Earth' gets closer to the zero hour I decided to do look in at the official web sites and see what the news was... Looking in at Bethesda's page it still seems that they hope to have the game released in Q1 2005. http://www.bethsoft.com/games/games_callofcthulhu.html
Platform: PC and Xbox ESRB Rating: Mature: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Use of Drugs and Alcohol Release Date: Q1 2005
How they are going to pull that off is beyond me and quite possibly it's beyond anyone without advanced knowledge of the inner workings of Cthulhu's date book. I'm sure that Cthulhu's Rainlender ( http://www.ipi.fi/~rainy/index.php?pn=projects&project=rainlendar ) looks something like that. That is unless he uses iCal... Makes you wonder which OS the great old one uses doesn't it? Anyway, from Bethesda's page it's a quick link over to the official web site which in and of itself is pretty worthless. The same screen shots which have been there forever, a couple of desktop backgrounds and some links about how 'anticipated' the game is. Nothing really worthwhile. In the forum section however there is a bit of interesting news. http://callofcthulhu.com/forums/index.php?s=6103b699b2fa4cf578cefd6b769e06a5&showtopic=614 Pete (Sep 2 2004, 08:00 PM) > "Posting this here before I send it out to the news sites. The release date for Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth has been moved to Q1 2005."
I'm not even going to say anymore about the above. Which mind you is the last post in the Developer section. The most interesting thing to look at in the forums is that no one know's when the game is coming out. And to top it all off a couple of days ago the developer Headfirst Productions ( http://www.headfirst.co.uk ) was announced to be working on another Cthulhu game due out in 2006 ( http://www.hip-europe.com/news.php?id=22&langue=1 ). I'm wondering which will hit the stores first? You can't really take online dealers release dates to heart but they have got to put something up I guess. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0007ZD794/ref%3Dpd%5Fsxp%5Felt%5Fl1/102-1555330-4186553> This item will be released on September 15, 2005. You may order it now and we will ship it to you when it arrives. from ToysRUs
http://www.gamestop.com/product.asp?product_id=210630 > Pre-Release ETA: 9/1/2005
It's ashame that this game as been in development for such a long time. I remember being really excited about it after reading the first article covering it. Hell Penny Arcade even had a comic way back in 2000 with the news ( http://www.penny-arcade.com/view.php3?date=2000-01-14&res=l ). Of course the features that I remember talking about aren't even going to be in the finished game (if there is a finished game). On the flip side... 'Loop' the final book in the Ring series IS coming out on May 25th!