ACHTUNG! CTHULHU TACTICS. Yes I know it’s a mouthful – and possibly the sound someone makes when they sneeze. But don’t let the name fool you – Ripstone Games and Auroch Digital are set to deliver a “twisted, Lovecraftian World War II Turn-Based RPG ” strategy game for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC in Q4 2018, with a Nintendo Switch release to follow after.
The name may seem familiar to anyone who dabbles in the table top as Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics is based on the wildly successful tabletop RPG, Achtung!, by Modiphius Entertainment. Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics is set in an alternate universe of sorts where those damned evil Nazis have somehow managed to start summoning Lovecraft-esque monsters that are destroying the good guys in quick order. Players will take control of Charlie Company, an elite band of allied forces sent to do the impossible: foil the Nazi plans and turn the tide of war. If this sounds like an awesome movie plot to you don’t worry, it does to me too which makes it all the more exciting to play as a game.
“We loved Modiphius’ pulp mash-up of World War II Nazis and the Cthulhu Mythos. It’s an incredibly evocative and exciting alternate history which makes for a unique tabletop experience” said Nina Adams, Producer at Auroch Digital. “We’re taking that nigh-on faultless foundation and transporting it into the video game medium, via our favourite genre, the turn-based tactics game. With the genre experiencing something of a comeback in recent years, we feel Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics will not only deliver an incredibly compelling theme and world to play in, but also offer innovative gameplay possibilities.”
Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics utilizes a mix of turn-based strategy and RPG mechanics as players embark on a globetrotting campaign against the forces of evil. Each hero character features their own backstory, weapon specialisations and combat abilities to give players an edge in the battlefield. Captain Eric “Badger” Harris is a British Intelligence operative who specializes in experimental weaponry and guerrilla warfare; Ariane Dubois is a French Resistance member who’s bonded with a demonic spirit creature that she can command on the battlefield; Corporal Akhee “The Eye” Singh wields a sentient amulet that can transform him into a whirling cloud of blades; and Sergeant Brandon Carter is a loud-mouthed American soldier with a medallion that imbues his signature Thompson submachine gun, with mythos-fuelled bullets that can tear through the Nazi’s horrifying creations.
Beyond these four main heroes, Charlie Company is joined by the covert ops of Badger’s Commando Unit, and the Native American tribe the The Keijn – or “Pathfinder Demon Hunters” as they’re often known. In the world of Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics, all Allied forces fight better in the light. Step into the dark, however, and the forces of evil will grow ever more powerful.
You can learn more about this upcoming title by visiting the Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics webpage on the Ripstone website.