The arrival of The Inquisitor was once dreaded news, but now it's welcome news for adventure gamers, as Microïds has announced the surprise launch of Nicolas Eymerich, The Inquisitor: Book II - The Village.
Picking up after the events of its 2013 predecessor, the second installment in the medieval series once again garbs players in the robes of the titular Head Inquisitor. It's the year 1345, and "Satan's shadow lingers over Calcares, in the South of France." Ever since the summer soltice, an "evil shape" has begun appearing in the sky, and a deadly plague now ravages the city. The Inquisitor fervently believes that "to hold back the contagion, the evil must be eradicated at the very source." But questions abound: "Is Nicolas Eymerich really struggling with evil entities? Or is his fanaticism forcing him to see evil where [there are] only unfortunate but sadly natural events?"
Players will generally guide Eymerich through the game's graphically improved real-time 3D environments, but at times there will be a second playable character in the form of a Dominican priest named Father Jacinto Corona. Gameplay promises to be fairly traditional, requiring "observation and deduction skills" as you collect inventory, solve puzzles, and converse with local characters (unleashing Eymerich's trademark scathing wit in the process) to "find out more about the dark events that have brought him there." An integrated hint system and optional Latin subtitles are among the other features incorporated into the game.
Nicolas Eymerich, The Inquisitor: Book II - The Village is available now as a universal app for iPad and iPhone, with PC, Mac, and Android versions of the game to follow within the next few days.