It's never a good thing when an acclaimed developer like Cing closes down, as happened back in 2010 when the popular Japanese studio was forced into bankruptcy. But the hidden upside is that you'll never keep good people down for long. Sure enough, several former Cing staff, including Hotel Dusk: Room 215 director Taisuke Kanasaki, are teaming up with Arc System Works to create Chase: Cold Case Investigations - Distant Memories, which is due for release on Nintendo 3DS next month.
Chase stars "two gritty detectives whose sense of justice and raw instinct drive them to seek the truth." This dedication is put to the test when they receive an anonymous phone call about an explosion five years earlier. Initially declared an accident although "the circumstances surrounding the case were never fully explained", the caller claims the staged event was really premeditated murder, so the two detectives decide to reopen the case and investigate further. Naturally, this is only the start of a "complex narrative of mystery and intrigue as the Cold Case Unit searches for the truth."
One look at the game's early screenshots will surely seem familiar to any Cing fan, with its slightly stylized hand-painted graphics and text-heavy presentation. In order to succeed, you must "find leads by diving head first into old investigation notes, crime scene photos and eye witness reports as you put together all the pieces." You will also need to "interrogate persons of interest to see what they do (or don't) know", but you can't be reckless in your approach, as an "Interrogation Gauge" will deplete if you ask too many wrong questions, ending both the interview and the game.
Created exclusively for the 3DS, Chase: Cold Case Investigations - Distant Memories will be released for download in North America and Europe on the Nintendo eShop on October 13th.