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Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo is a game now in this unexpected adaptation

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It’s art, but is it a video game?

Perhaps you’ve watched Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 classic Vertigo, but you haven’t played it. A newly announced video game aims to change that. Alfred Hitchcock - Vertigo, developed by Pendulo Studios, is “an exclusive, original story, freely inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Vertigo,” according to the developer.

The game will be a little more flexible than the linear narrative of the film. Players will have access to three characters, and can “explore several timelines to cross-check the events and separate reality from deceptive memories.” It’s not a straight retelling, but it’s inspired by Vertigo, and the name is admittedly attention grabbing.

The story follows Ed Miller, who miraculously survives a car crash unharmed. However, he insists his wife and daughter were in that car — but neither of them were found. Suffering from severe vertigo, Miller goes to therapy to try to uncover the truth of the crash.

The original movie, starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, follows a San Francisco police detective whose acrophobia and vertigo forces him into an early retirement. He pursues a woman who enters his life by happenstance and appears to fall to her death. Stewart’s character must overcome his fear of heights and dizzying sensations to unravel the mystery behind the woman’s fall.

Alfred Hitchcock - Vertigo is set to release at the end of the year on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.