From the opening and general feel of Bloodborne, you would think the game to be more a classical horror than say Lovecraftian in nature, but as you progress you realise that there are some pretty heavy undertones of Lovecraft’s work in the game. From the start of the game it felt more as if I was playing in a classic Victorian horror setting – with crude guns and weapons taking the place of shields and swords. But the deeper you dig the more the tentacles seem to come out of the game.
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One of the earliest clues lies at the start of the game – with the finding of a Madman’s knowledge – a cracked skull with something coming out of it. It appears to be something like the cosmos – in the flavour text it reads: “The skull of a madman touched by the wisdom of the Great Ones” “Making contact with Eldritch Wisdom is a blessing, for even if it drives one mad, it allows one to serve a grander purpose, for posterity”.
It is only when we get a bit further into the game that we start to realise that the game has a bit of more eldritch enemy than just the beasts in the form of werewolves and other beast. It is only when we get kidnapped and sent to Hypogean Gaol that we start to see that the game has some more Eldritch abominations that would be home in a Lovecraft story. Near the lamp where you can teleport, there is a statue of some creature and a note nearby which sheds some lore into the world of the madmen.
Another clue that the game has a larger Lovecraftian scope, is when we get to the Grand Cathedral just before the Vicar Amelia fight, there are statues at the entry of the Cathedral of two beings looking almost like the statue in Hypogean Gaol, except these have tentacles and almost has a Cthulhu’esque look to them. As we get into the Cathedral we see the same statues lining the sides of the building, with these spear like weapons holding them above the players head as they go into the building.
Although nowhere near the end of the game, I am sure more Eldritch Lovecraftian monsters and information will come to the forefront, and we here at Nerdipop will be glad to report on them.