Is Italy becoming the new Germany? It certainly is becoming something of an unheralded hotbed for adventure games of late. Hard on the heels of an announcement for a new Chronicles of Innsmouth installment comes word of another new upcoming supernatural point-and-click mystery, The Hand of Glory.
The game stars detective Lazarus Bundy, whose pursuit of a serial killer sent his career spiralling "into a chasm with no way out." Now, in a "desperate attempt at a comeback, Lazarus decides to secretly investigate the disappearance of Elke Mulzberg, the young descendant of one of the most influential families in the city." Bundy gets more than be bargained for, however, because "something obscure is lurking beneath the dazzling glow of Miami, a force that goes beyond the usual human concepts of science and religion. There is a silent, latent war going on, a war able to shatter the foundations of civilization by harnessing ancient knowledge and mystical arts lost for centuries." This will be a dangerous case, and it may just push Lazarus "past the point of no return."
Inspired by similar paranormal golden age classics like Broken Sword and Gabriel Knight, the debut adventure from indie developer Madit Entertainment promises "murder, mysteries and kidnapping" as highlights of an adventure that "has its roots in alchemy and esoterism." The case will take players across continents, from "the sunny shores of Miami to the lush Italian hills," all presented in stylish 2D hand-painted HD visuals. With two different fully-voiced protagonists to control and "dozens of puzzles to solve" along the way, The Hand of Glory is expected to provide more than 15 hours of investigative gameplay all told.
Though no launch date has been set so far, The Hand of Glory will be released for Windows PC sometime in 2019. In the meantime, you can follow the game's progress through the official website.