With Phoenix Online's The Silver Lining nearing its completion, the developers are already looking ahead to their first commercial project, and the announcement is a mind-blower, in more ways than one. The title of the episodic mystery is Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller, and involves a certain Jane Jensen as story consultant.
The planned four-part series stars the titular Erica Reed, an FBI special agent living in Boston. When Erica's brother was murdered by a serial killer who was never caught, she "began developing the strange and uncontrolled power of post-cognition: by touching an object, she can see its past, events that happened on, to, or around it." Her new powers are both a blessing and a curse in ways, but when Erica "comes across a crime scene that has clues that were left specifically for someone with her abilities, a new hunt is on. Who knows her secret? How? And what do they want from her?"
Designed "in the spirit of Dexter and Heavy Rain", the game will be produced in partnership with indie Dutch developer Khaeon Gamestudio with consulting input from Jane Jensen. The catch is, Cognition is only in pre-production at the moment and a Kickstarter fundraising campaign has been established to help finance the production, offering special bonus incentives to contributors. When asked about the viability of the project if the donation target is not met, Phoenix representives assured us that "Cognition's development is not fully dependent on the Kickstarter campaign; we're also talking to publishers and seeking alternate forms of funding. But raising this money now will let us get started sooner."
It may still be a way off, then, but it's something to begin looking forward to once The Silver Lining wraps up with its final episode sometime next year. For more details in the coming months, be sure to check out the official website.