Daedalic and author Kevin Mentz are leaving behind Memoria's fantasy settings of Aventuria for Victorian-era steampunk in their latest adventure, The Devil's Men, announced today at E3.
The Devil's Men stars 20-year-old Adelaide Spektor, the daughter of famous detective Karol Spektor, who abandoned her as a child. Adelaide lives in a small seaside town beset by a series of murders that trace back to "the old exhibition grounds, where ruins of steel and glass are the new shelter to a gang of waifs and strays, misfits and tramps." With these outsiders asserting more and more influence in town through any means necessary, the principled Adelaide hides in fear of being discovered by the colony and forced into their ranks. When she "witnesses the murder of her father’s old friend, she sees her chance to find Karol Spektor and reclaim her former place in society. But only the notorious colonist and double murderer Emily can help take up Adelaide’s father’s trail."
The game's title is named after a "coterie of scientists who exceeded the limits of the spiritual and material world decades ago, yet are bizarrily perishing one after another." Players will need to guide the two protagonists in their efforts to find the connection between these "Devil's Men" and Karol Spector. Naturally, since this is Daedalic, this will all take place in gorgeous hand-painted environments in "a world made of steampunk elements amidst a fictitious Victorian England." Along the way, there will not not only be "challenging puzzles" to overcome but many opportunities to influence the storyline, as gamers "will have to consider all the possible ways to solve a puzzle, because every decision might change the story."
The Devil's Men is currently on pace for release sometime in spring 2015.