Ever since Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton arrived on western shores, there's been an appetite for Japanese-styled visual novel adventures. Soon another crimefighting duo will join their iconic predecessors in Mediatonic's upcoming "Hollywood whodunnit" Murder By Numbers.
Honor Mizrahi is "just an actress on a hit TV detective show" in 1996 Los Angeles when "her boss ends up dead just minutes after he fires her." Honor now "finds herself starring in her own murder mystery" in which she is the prime suspect. With assistance from SCOUT, a "reconnaissance robot thrown away after a mysterious incident," she must attempt to prove her innocence by gathering "evidence to interrogate weird and wonderful characters across TV studios, glitzy award shows, drag clubs, and more" in this story of "conspiracy, deception and – of course – MURDER!"
Murder By Numbers combines interactive backgrounds with colourful cut-out characters overlaid during conversation, looking very much like a traditional visual novel but promising a mix of "'90s fashions! Upbeat jams! Sass dialled up to 100! Questionable jokes! Drag queens!" It also includes more adventure-ish elements as players "investigate a range of cases and unearth clues with SCOUT’s sensors, cracking hidden nonograms and piecing together proof one pixel at a time."
While its actual release date remains another mystery for now, Murder By Numbers will be launched for Windows PC on Steam along with a Switch version sometime in "early 2020."