Konami’s Crimesight got a new trailer and a release date yesterday Future Games Show Spring Show– and it looks like Sherlock Holmes plus anime demons plus Clue (Cluedo for Brits) might be a winning combination. An isometric murder mystery that pits up to three players against each other, Crimesight is about saving the target from murder or teaming up to make sure the dirty deed gets done.
The concept of the game is that there is a Sherlock AI, a Moriarty AI and an Irene AI. Sherlock’s player is out to save the victim, while Moriarty and Irene have slightly different abilities, but both aim to kill them. Each match fills the mansion setting with a bunch of characters, among which two are assigned the roles of villain and target, and as things unfold, the different sides have different goals to try and predict who they are and what the game looks like. murder. will happen: then stop or run it.
This is done by manipulating both the environment and the characters. Each player’s turn gives them a certain number of actions, which can change depending on the circumstances – for example, characters might get tired and be less responsive – and depending on who and where you’re going to start unraveling what’s going on. . Murder itself also has conditions that need to be met, the least of which is that when the bad AIs figure out who needs to kill and who needs to do it, they need to engineer a situation that leaves them both alone.
Of particular interest to crime aficionados will be the involvement of Jiro Ishii, the creator perhaps best known for 428: Shibuya Scramble. I’m not a visual novel type guy, but those who like this stuff think 428 is one of the best branching crime stories out there.
The setting for this one is London in 2075, where AI designers created a Minority Report-style system that reduces crime by 90% – and then a new AI expert dubbed ‘Sherlock’ for the most heinous cases. But! “As it works in a number of cases, Sherlock discovers a distressing truth: sitting at the center of these cases like a spider in a web is Moriarty, an AI that rivals Sherlock’s capabilities.”
See: I’m as surprised as anyone to see something genuinely new and exciting from Konami. It’s been a long time. Crimesight is one of those where it’s hard to tell if it all fits until it’s in your hands, but I love the asymmetrical multiplayer and it seems to add a lot of fresh insights into some pretty classic murder mystery principles.
We shall soon know, Watson: Crimesight premieres April 14. Konami is also running some early access tests in the week leading up to launch, so if you’re especially interested, check it out. you can apply to be included.