Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” becomes a video game
During his lifetime, Alfred Hitchcock licensed his name and image in a way that was very rare for directors then. There was an Alfred Hitchcock board game and an Alfred Hitchcock mystery magazine. In this tradition comes … an Alfred Hitchcock video game?
More than 60 years after the film’s first theatrical release, Hitchcock’s fear of heights gets a loose game adaptation. Alfred Hitchcock – Vertigo takes the basic idea and themes of the film, about a private investigator hired to investigate an acquaintance’s wife, who has started showing strange behavior, and applies them to a new game with new (but similar ). The official description from the game’s publisher, Microids, says it is “an exclusive and original story about obsession, memory, manipulation and madness, loosely based on the masterpiece of the game. ‘Alfred Hitchcock, fear of heights. “
There’s a teaser for the game, which you can watch below:
The trailer definitely has some footage that looks like fear of heightsis famous Saul Bass title sequence, but the music does not look at all like the romantic score of Bernard Herrmann. (The ending actually sounds more like Hitchcock’s famous Herrmann staccato strings Psychosis.) Here’s how Microids describes the game:
In Alfred Hitchcock – Vertigo, dive into a new genre of psychological thriller, and walk a fine line between reality and fantasy. Writer Ed Miller escaped his car crash unscathed in Brody Canyon, California. Even though no one was found inside the wreckage of the car, Ed insists he was traveling with his wife and daughter. Traumatized by this event, he begins to suffer from severe dizziness. As he begins therapy, he will try to find out what really happened on that tragic day.
That sounds … vaguely like fear of heights? There was no major car accident in fear of heights, and there isn’t really a missing person, at least not in the usual sense. fear of heights is a lot more about the romantic obsession and being consumed by the idea of the past, which I guess could be factored into this game. I guess the real fear of heights However, the script wouldn’t make a good video game, as it mostly features Jimmy Stewart calmly driving around San Francisco. It is not exactly Grand Theft Auto.
Alfred Hitchcock – Vertigo will be available in late 2021 on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, Switch and Steam.