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Microïds and Pendulo to give gamers Vertigo

Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo has long been considered one of cinema's finest masterpieces, and now it's on its way in interactive form. While we may not be getting the whole thing in a straight adaptation, today Microïds announced that Pendulo Studios will be creating a new game "loosely based" on the 1958 thriller. 

For those who haven't seen the movie, it stars retired detective John "Scottie" Ferguson (played by James Stewart), who suffers from the titular condition (as well as a paralyzing fear of heights) but must learn to confront it when his latest private investigation becomes a twisty maze of deceit that leads to tragedy atop a bell tower. At this point we don't actually know many story details about the game, except that "the hero will be forced to deal with both physical and mental vertigo as his obsessions drag him deeper and deeper into the murky confusion between the real and the imaginary."

The agreement between Microïds and rights-holder Reeder Brand Management grants license to use "the name and likeness of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock and elements of his film." Just what those particular elements include have not yet been revealed, but the task of "reinterpreting" the beloved work falls to Pendulo Studio, of Runaway and Yesterday series fame. (The Spanish studio is also currently working on an adaptation of the Blacksad graphic novels.) 

For now we can't report on release date, platforms, presentation, or even anything about gameplay, but we'll certainly be keeping our eye on this one. So let's all just keep our feet firmly planted on the ground while we wait. 

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