The English version of Face Noir has been kept largely under wraps so far, but with just a week left before release, you can now catch an early playable glimpse of the upcoming dark mystery adventure.
The first installment in the two-part Face Noir chronicle thrusts players into the gumshoes of Jack Del Nero, a down-on-his-luck ex-cop with an alcohol problem in 1930s New York, who unwittingly becomes the chief suspect in the "murder of a man who, just before his death, left a little girl in Jack’s protection. As Jack tries to find out who the child is, he learns the extremes to which human nature can go when trying to bribe something no one has ever tried to bribe: destiny."
Originally released in Italian and German, Face Noir has been localized into English with help from Phoenix Online Studios (Cognition). The demo offers a sampling of the "moody tale that combines the intrigue and atmosphere of a Raymond Chandler novel or Humphrey Bogart film with classic point-and-click adventure gameplay" as it introduces Del Nero and "lets players jump in on his first case – the mystery of a missing dame named Susan Webber."
You can download the 562 MB sampler directly from the official website, where you can also pre-order the game for just $15.99, which is 20% off the regular $19.99 price and comes with a free MP3 soundtrack. Face Noir will be released on PC next week on July 18th.
To learn more about Face Noir, check out our recent preview based on the German version, but note that several features have been revamped since that time for the English release.