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Louisiana swamped with Mystery Cases this summer

The prospect of solving unexplained murders in New Orleans should perk up the years of any adventure fan, though the latest opportunity isn't for Gabriel Knight, but rather the heroine of Infinion's debut adventure, Louisiana: Mystery Cases.

The game takes players back to 1902, where a series of brutal murders in a New Orleans suburb catches the attention of the Bureau of Special Investigation (edit: agency name changed from the original "FBI", as stated in the press release), which sends their best agent to investigate. A fully 3D, direct-control adventure, the game will feature optional control methods using either the mouse or keyboard alone, or a combination of the two, depending on player preference.

According the Infinion, dialogue will be a central component in the game, offering legitimately non-linear options that affects the ongoing storyline in relevant ways. In a twist on the standard point-scoring system of previous adventures, the game will also track "Detective Points" which will "assess the underlying logic and elegance" of the player's choices, and offer a bonus location to those who achieve a high enough score.

Unlike so many games that await delayed English localization, the independent Austrian developers have confirmed that an English version is in progress. While no publishing arrangements have yet been finalized, negotiations are already underway, and Infinion is currently targeting this summer for completion and a full release into retail stores.

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Latest comments (6 total)

Well, one mystery solved. The developer says that was a translation error in the press release. In the game it’s the “Bureau of Special Investigation”, which apparently had more progressive gender guidelines. Grin

Mar 13, 2009

Looks neat!

Mar 12, 2009

Hmm Interesting. It will be cool to see how this one develops.

Mar 12, 2009

Maybe it’s some kind of parallel reality plot.

Mar 12, 2009

Technically, neither in the press release nor my email exchange with the devs is the woman in the screenshots ever identified as the FBI agent. Probably is, but you never know (Murder on the Orient Express was a Poirot mystery that wasn’t played as Poirot, so it happens).

Mar 12, 2009

Uhm… I had the sense that something was wrong with the historical period (1902 seemed to me extremely early), and now I’m a bit worried…

Mar 12, 2009

The early-20th Century period and female lead has my mind going more to Laura Bow than to (fellow Louisianan) Gabriel Knight. Nice-looking screens and intriguing-sounding story, in any case.

However, the developers are either not aiming for historical accuracy, or missing the mark quite extraordinarily (unless I’m misinterpreting the description and screenshots). A female FBI agent in 1902? The FBI wasn’t even established until 1908! (And didn’t get that name until 1935. Thanks, Wikipedia!)

A quick Google search shows that women didn’t enter the force until 1972, although there were two female federal agents who served for a brief time between 1923 and 1924 (surprisingly early dates).

Mar 12, 2009

I’m so definitely in! Grin

I already love this game!

Mar 12, 2009
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