Paranormal Intelligence Bureau (PIB) is a series of turn-based tactics games in the style of XCOM and Final Fantasy Tactics. The games will focus on agents of the Bureau’s fight against horrors based on Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. Or as he himself would call it, Yog-Sothothery. PIB Origins will explore the origins of the cast of PIB.
PIB Origins: The Zebrina
The name for the very first episode of Paranormal Intelligence Bureau has been set. It is going to be PIB Origins: The Zebrina. We landed on this name because the story of the Zebrina is the cornerstone of the story in the first episode. Furthermore, we chose this name because we didn’t want the name to spoil what happens in our version of the story. After all, in H.P. Lovecraft’s own words, the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. If you read our last blog post, you already know that PIB Origins: The Zebrina is releasing in 2018. Steam will be our most prominent platform, so look out for PIB in Steam’s coming soon section. Below we present to you a sneak peak at our version of the Zebrina from the game(Render).
“The oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” – H.P. Lovecraft
The Zebrina- Q-ship of the Great War
In truth, The Zebrina was a Q-ship transporting coal from Falmouth, UK to St. Brieuc, France. Q-ships were heavily armored merchant ships, disguised as regular merchant ships, designed to lure hostile submarines into making surface attacks. One feature of PIB Origins: The Zebrina will be navigating the Zebrina away from danger. Or perhaps towards danger? The choice is yours. The channel between Falmouth and St. Brieuc was dangerous with german submarines sinking British and French ships. PIB Origins: The Zebrina will feature german submarines of the time. You can see our version of the German U-21 submarine below. Even though German submarines and marines were the terror of the war, be warned. In our version of the story, the crew might encounter far worse things than German Marines.
The German U-21 submarine
The Soldier ended up as an agent of the Paranormal Intelligence Bureau. What happened to him that lead to him being recruited by the elusive Paranormal Intelligence Bureau? The Soldier is a veteran from the Great War, where he served in the British navy on an array of different ships. One of his last duties was aboard the Zebrina, when he and the rest of the crew set sail from Falmouth in Cornwall on an especially gloomy September day in 1917. The Zebrina never reached its destination, and was found washed ashore on Rozel Point without any of its crew. The Soldier never talks about what happened. In PIB Origins: The Zebrina, the story from this mysterious journey will see the light of day. Below you can see a glimpse of the PIB Origins: The Zebrina title screen. What horrors lie hidden in places you cannot see?
PIB Origins: The Zebrina title screen with combat music from the game
PIB Origins: The Zebrina will feature key paranormal entities from the PIB universe. In the game where Xcom meets H.P. Lovecraft, danger should lurk around every corner, don’t you think? Who knows what cultists have been able to summon in dark dungeons of old. Stay tuned here and on Steam in the coming soon section. Consider adding us to your wishlist to be notified instantly when Paranormal Intelligence Bureau is released. And with some famous words in Lovecraft’s own language R’lyehian, often spoken by devoted cultists, we bid you a sinister farewell. Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!