Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition began life as a digital marvel, removing the not-very-fun role of game master and putting it in the hands of an iPad or whatever other digital device you had sitting at the table. Thus, up to four players could play as a team while the mystery, map, and whatnot were held under wraps by a GM that didn’t care if you took a break to eat or talked about the latest baseball game while exposition was divvied out. It even allowed for friendless losers, like myself, to play Mansions of Madness solo, which worked better than I could have ever expected.
Since its release, there have been many updates to the companion app, adding new mysteries and expansion packs. Today we learned that Mansions of Madness is getting a new digital form. It has nothing to do with the current board game+app configuration, instead it’s a completely new game that will drop you into the Mansions of Madness world in glorious 3D.
The game is called Mansions of Madness: Mothers’ Embrace and it’s a 3rd person adventure/mystery game from LUCKYHAMMERS, the same developers who are currently designing Terraforming Mars for Asmodee Digital.
Mother’s Embrace is a third-person title in which you’ll play a group of adventurers tasked with uncovering the secrets of a mansion in the wilds of Louisiana. If it goes anything like that X-Files episode where the mom is on a scooter and shoved under a bed, I’m out of here.
In Mansions of Madness: Mother’s Embrace, players will lead a team of investigators through an eerie mansion while uncovering its dark secrets. Everything is not what it seems as the investigators encounter traps, monsters, and other Lovecraftian horrors, and descend deeper into the depths of madness. Will your team solve the mystery and make it out alive?
So, it sounds pretty great, actually. It’s like playing the game by literally being in the game rather than just rolling dice and flipping cards. The only thing we’re not sure of at this point is the content. Will it be a one-and-done, like an adventure game, or will it randomize content and allow you to bring in different investigators making it a game you can replay over and over? Either way is valid. I wouldn’t expect a point-and-click style adventure game to have lasting replayability, so if that’s what this ends up being, so be it. The point is that, right now, we just aren’t sure exactly what Mother’s Embrace actually is.
We’ll have to wait a bit to find out. Mansions of Madness: Mother’s Embrace is set to release in Q1 of 2019 and will only be available on Steam for PC and Mac. I’m sure we’ll track down more info before then, but 2019 seems a long ways off.