The former Sierra revival has taken another significant step forward today with the long-rumoured announcement of a Kickstarter campaign for Precinct, the "spiritual successor" to Police Quest by Jim Walls.
More than 25 years after the launch of Sierra's beloved cop series, Walls is returning to the genre with his own company and a game that promises to "deliver a classic Sierra-style experience to adventure game fans that's been updated with real-time 3D environments, a new first-person perspective and a gripping crime story based on real police cases." Assuming the role of rookie Officer Maxwell Jones on patrol, as players "clean up the crime ridden streets, the plot thickens with corrupt cops, greedy public officials, and a deadly struggle for control of Fraser Canyon's criminal underground."
Like Police Quest, Precinct promises to have players "conduct real police procedures while solving crimes and arresting perpetrators". This time, however, along with "staple elements such as adventure and puzzles, players also encounter intense fast action gameplay sequences that include shootouts, high speed car chases, investigations, foot pursuits, hand-to-hand combat, and more."
The ultimate goal is to create a five-game series (each game a full-fledged standalone adventure) covering the five distinct city precincts. To help get the new franchise off the ground, Walls and co. have turned to Kickstarter in order to raise $500,000 by August 16th, with an eye to releasing the first game for PC and Mac by next June. A minimum $30 pledge is required to earn a digital copy of the game upon completion, with a variety of other perks available at other tiers. (Update: A new limited-time $19 tier has been added, offering players a free download of the game as a reward.)
To learn more about Precinct or to contribute to the campaign, visit the Kickstarter page for full details.