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Murdered: Soul Suspect shooting for early 2014 release

The success of titles like Heavy Rain and L.A. Noire didn't lead to a flood of new big-budget adventures like we'd hoped, but there's at least one AAA adventure on the horizon in the form of Square Enix's Murdered: Soul Suspect.

Players control Ronan O’Connor, a "detective with a checkered past, whose life is brought to an untimely end by a brutal and relentless killer. Unable to move on and stuck in the limbo world of Dusk, he won’t find peace until he can bring his killer to justice from the afterlife." Being a ghost, O'Connor has both special supernatural abilities and physical limitations. As he explores a fictionalized version of Salem, Massachusetts, he is unable to communicate directly with detectives investigating his death or make any substantial physical impact on the world, but he can freely walk through walls and "read the minds of the living, influencing their thoughts and actions."

While much of Murdered: Soul Suspect's gameplay involves investigating clues and interrogating the "ghosts of Salem’s past citizens to piece together the puzzle", there will also be occasional stealth action elements involved as O'Connor must battle "demonic spirits to save his soul and uncover the shocking truth about who is responsible for his death."

There is no firm release date scheduled yet for this game, but Murdered: Soul Suspect is currently on track for release early in 2014 for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

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