This debuted at the 1998 Electronic Entertainment Expo, well before everything at E3 found its way online within minutes of exhibition. The Sony Playstation had been out for about for four years and developers were finally hitting their stride with mature, adult titles. Konami, who had impressed a year prior at E3 with the first footage from a little game called Metal Gear Solid, in particular was really pushing the limits of the medium. So imagine being at said expo and seeing a trailer for something that looked less like a Resident Evil clone and more along the lines of a David Lynch film made with Playstation graphics.
Makes me want to play the game all over again. I love it.