The terms "MISSING" and "FMV" made for an impressive combination in Lexis Numérique's 2004 puzzler (also known as In Memoriam), and now indie developer Zandel Media is hoping the same proves true again with the debut of their new live-action mystery, MISSING: An Interactive Thriller.
The first episode of the series (no connection to the earlier title) stars a kidnapping victim named David Newcastle. Abducted for "no clear reason, Dave will have to find his way out and elude captivity while trying to figure out who his captor is." It seems that he is not alone in his predicament, either, as elsewhere "Detective Lambert investigates a series of mysterious disappearances in the city." Lambert will be the main focus of the remaining episodes.
Originally released on the App Store and Google Play to very little fanfare late last year, MISSING now arrives on PC promising to blend '90s-style full motion video sequences with traditional adventuring in which you must "use your brain to solve puzzles, find items and use reflexes in action sequences to help the characters progress in the story." The action will involve Quick Time Events designed to give the game a more cinematic tension to suit the story, as glimpsed in the second video released.
Available only as a single-episode purchase at this time, Episode One is available now on Steam. There are currently five episodes planned in total, but the good news is that the remaining episodes will be released all together, rather than individually. Filming is scheduled to begin this fall.