Publisher Hi-Rez Studios has been hyping up their upcoming SMITE god announcement through a series of cryptic Twitter posts, leading up to a more epic reveal than anyone could have hoped for.
What started as a tweet of a magic circle captioned “summon me” would lead to a second post of a rather ominous poem headlined with a bunch of gibberish.
A closer look at the caption, however, would give away the seemingly obscured name “Cthulhu.” The word R’lyeh can also be clearly seen, which is a dead giveaway, considering that’s the name of the underwater city that he sleeps in.
The final tweet was the god’s official announcement, which was accompanied by a foreboding cinematic trailer.
On SMITE‘s official website, Cthulhu is described as the “gateway to a set of cosmic entities” who have been around since time immemorial and house immeasurable strength.
The backstory continues by outlining the scale of the Great Dreamer’s powers, which are so overwhelming that they affect all life on earth, despite him hibernating in his underwater prison.
Thematically, the developers were going with “madness” when they envisioned Cthulhu for the third-person god-based multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA). The character design and powers were molded to mentally debilitate and destroy his foes.
Personality-wise, Hi-Rez described him as “nihilistic,” possessing a blatant disregard for all the other beings in the game world.
The Atlanta-based publisher wanted to clarify that, while they’re thrilled to include the Lovecraftian being in the SMITE universe, they do not condone the homophobic and racist ideals embraced by the author.
Cthulhu is a cosmic deity from the mind of renowned horror fiction writer Howard Phillips “H.P.” Lovecraft, and was first featured in a short story called “The Call of Cthulhu” published nearly a hundred years ago.
Since then, the baleful god has been the center of many films and video games, including Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth and The Sinking City. Just like how Cthulhu was designed for SMITE, the deity is often depicted as a gargantuan being with an octopus-like face.
Hi-Rez never mentioned the exact date of Cthulhu’s debut, but fans can expect his madness to descend upon the SMITE universe around mid-June. Interested gamers should check out the game’s next update for more details.
Image courtesy of Smite/Twitter
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