Microids and Pendulo Studios have revealed Alfred Hitchcock: Vertigo, a narrative adventure game that is coming to Nintendo Switch.
If you hadn’t already guessed, this “exclusive, original story about obsession, memory, manipulation and madness” takes inspiration from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 movie Vertigo.
After writer Ed Miller emerges unscathed from a car crash down into Brody Canyon, California, even though no one else was found inside the wreckage he insists that he was travelling with his wife and daughter. Traumatised by the event he starts to suffer from severe vertigo and, through therapy, hopes to uncover what had really happened on that tragic day.
You will have the chance to investigate through the vision of three characters that each has a different story to tell, exploring several timelines to cross-check the events in an effort to separate reality from deceptive memories.
“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” explains Pendulo Studios narrative designer Josué Monchan. “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.”
Alfred Hitchcock: Vertigo will release at retail and on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch in 2021.