Square Enix’s upcoming mystery game, Murdered: Soul Suspect, places gamers in the undead shoes of Detective Ronan O’Connor, a man who took seven to the chest from a hooded figure and woke up on the other side. Now, he must solve his own murder before the horrors of the afterlife overcome him.
A new trailer from Airtight Studios hits all the right notes for a bonafide down and dirty detective story. Raspy voiced narration, mysterious criminals, street cops guarding dimly lit streets. The addition of the afterlife effects and O’Conner’s ghostly appearance only compliment what is a tale of revenge and investigation.
From this trailer alone, I really want to play this game. Airtight Games has a decent track record with its international staff, and the obvious Japanese influence on what is clearly a Western game gives it an extra edge that most studios could not find. Facial expressions, slightly cartoonish character models, simple backgrounds, this is clearly a Japanese looking game on a budget not aiming for photo realism, but rather style.
I don’t sense a bit of suffering from over-production, using simple techniques like contrasted coloring, especially the orange gunshot wounds on O’Connor’s blue chest, to give it a unique look.
I had originally believed the game followed a little too close to Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, but while telling the same story, the gameplay and style falls more in line with L.A. Noire.
Director Yosuke Shiokawa has a decent looking game on his hands here, and he just clocked in on my wishlist. Good job. Looking forward to your game. Murdered: Soul Suspect will be released on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2014.