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Lies of P answers the question ‘What if FromSoftware made Pinocchio?’

I don’t remember Pinocchio being this scary

Ana Diaz (she/her) is a culture writer at Polygon, covering internet culture, fandom, and video games. Her work has previously appeared at NPR, Wired, and The Verge.

Lies of P is a new “Souls-like” action RPG that blends the classic children’s story Pinocchio with the plague-filled horrors of Bloodborne. Developed by Round 8 Studios (Bless Unleashed) and published by Neowiz, the game is slated to come to Google Stadia, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, and Xbox Series X in 2023.

Lies of P looks like a horrifying take on the toy-becomes-boy classic. The first part of the trailer shows a rat squirming out of what appears to be a dead man’s mouth. It’s a far cry from the cheery tale many people know from the animated Disney film.

The released footage — a cinematic trailer — shows a decrepit, snow-covered European city that is desolate except for one walking figure: an old man with a snow-white beard and a monocle who must be Geppetto. He drags a large trunk into what appears to be a church that happens to resemble the Parisian cathedral Notre Dame. Shrieks ring through the church and we see a white mechanized monster with blue eyes laying destroyed on the floor. The teaser ends with Geppetto putting the final touches on a fancy young lad who has a mechanical hand.

The developers told IGN that the game will incorporate a lie system where what you do and say will impact gameplay — which is a connection to the story of Pinocchio, where the main character’s nose grows each time he tells a lie. However, beyond that we don’t know all the much about the game and this is just the first look at the new project.

Pinocchio has been plumbed for horror before with the 1996 slasher film Pinocchio’s Revenge (and later unintentionally with Roberto Benigni’s 2002 comedy Pinocchio and Disney’s 2000 TV musical Geppetto). Another adaptation, Guillermo del Toro’s long-imagined take on Pinocchio, is being developed for Netflix as a stop-motion animated film.

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