Blend a little Sherlock Holmes (Consulting Detective-style), Phoenix Wright, and Dashiell Hammett together, capped off by a Saul Bass poster art influence, and you've got The Wandering Ben's upcoming A Case of Distrust.
In this story-driven adventure, players control a female private detective named PC Malone who must "uncover the truth in a mystery full of deception" in 1924 San Francisco. As you "explore underground speakeasies, smoke-filled billiard halls, classic barber shops, and more," you must pay close attention to clues and character statements so that you can catch suspects in lies. Along the way, "intrinsic challenges face our heroine, as she struggles against a pushback on emancipation, leading to many doubts, both internal and external."
A Case of Distrust is a much smaller, more personal project for AAA industry veterans Ben Wander (BioWare and Visceral) and Mark "Marowi" Wilson (Team Bondi, BioWare, and Riot), who joined forces to create "dramatic stories in settings less-explored by large game studios, focussing on individuals rather than world-saving." Combining an "emotional narrative, a hardboiled mystery adventure, and a historical setting," the game was originally inspired by the Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective board game before being given an interactive treatment falling somewhere between Phoenix Wright and inkle's 80 Days. Although accompanied by some "finger-snapping music that gives style to the roaring '20s," the game doesn't shy away from serious social concerns such as "themes of poverty, racism, and emancipation that tie into contemporary issues."
There is currently no firm launch date for A Case of Distrust, but the game is on pace for release on Windows and Mac sometime before the end of the year. To learn more about it in the meantime, you can check out the official website and support it on Steam Greenlight.