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Year-end prognosis for The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker

Full motion video definitely isn't dead. Doctor Dekker is, though, and one of his patients killed him. In the upcoming FMV whodunit The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker, it'll be your task to delve deeply into these troubled minds in order to deduce the culprit, hopefully without going mad yourself.

Assuming the role of a therapist, it will be your task to ask the right questions of Dekker's six patients to uncover the truth behind your colleague's death. Only by thinking like a psychiatrist rather than a detective will you get the results you seek. But beware the secrets that you unlock, as doing so exposes you to "the shadow reality that your patients inhabit – a world full of X-Files strangeness and horrors that go bump in your head."

Both the gameplay and presentation sound similar to last year's popular Her Story, albeit with a few key differences. There is no traditional exploration or inventory collection, though there will be "a few juicy bits of evidence you’ll need to have a look at. An autopsy report, a Cthulhu-esque Periscope video, Dr. Dekker’s diary and more." To really unravel the mystery, you must type in your own keyword-based queries to unlock varied FMV responses that either push the story forward or perhaps nudge you in the right direction if you're on the wrong track. But as each patient is "touched in some way by outer-worldly strangeness", the more you probe, the more tenuous your grasp of your own sanity becomes, a condition that impacts the ending you'll get.

Unlike Her Story, not only does Doctor Dekker have a definitive ending, it actually has many possible conclusions. The game will randomly select which of the patients is the murderer at the start, which impacts the entire line of questioning. Although some of the content is similar across all storylines, this should encourage at least a degree of replayability to see alternate outcomes. Indie developer D’Avekki Studios anticipates a single playthrough should take about 2-3 hours to complete, but 5-6 hours or more will be needed to experience the different endings and find all available 1000-plus video responses.

Filming has not yet begun, but production funding is already in place, so if all goes well we could be seeing The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker released for Windows, Mac, and Linux by the end of this year. In the meantime, you can throw the game your support on Steam Greenlight and learn more about it through the official website.

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