The Poisoned Pawn
Big Finish Games
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In this cyberpunk, film noir, dystopian sci-fi adventure, you play as Tex Murphy, a typical 1940’s gumshoe detective. Except, it’s the 2050’s. A post apocalyptic world has risen from the ashes of World War III and stands divided. New San Francisco sits atop the rubble of the old city. It’s a city of glitz and glamour hiding a sinister undertone: a population segregated between those immune to the nuclear fallout (Norms) and those less fortunate (Mutants). Just outside the new city lies Old San Francisco, a vastly ignored reminder of a dark past, and home to the mutant population, and Tex himself.
In this latest adventure, the year is 2050. Shortly after the events of Tesla Effect (the 2014 adventure title) Tex Murphy (Chris Jones), with the guidance of St. Germaine (Jason Tatom), must revisit some of his most gripping cases in order to decipher his true past, and prepare him for an uncertain future.
The Poisoned Pawn is the next official title in the Tex Murphy series being developed by Chaotic Fusion in association with Big Finish Games, taking place shortly after the events of Tesla Effect in year 2050. Despite originally being a remake of the 1998 title ‘Overseer‘, The Poisoned Pawn has evolved significantly. Not only has the story been rewritten and expanded by series writer Aaron Conners, but the game is employing some of the latest in game development techniques and technologies. In addition to many graphics and gameplay enhancements, it will be the first Tex Murphy title to fully support VR (Virtual Reality) and touch controllers from the ground up. This means it is being developed with this technology in mind.
So far the game has been showcased at a handful of conventions, including: MAGFest (MD, USA), AwesomeCon (DC, USA), Salt Lake Gaming Con (UT, USA), AVCon (Adelaide, Australia), and GameForce (Belgium). It has also been invited to join Salt Lake Comic Con, and PAX in 2018.
In addition to the VR technology (which we think would compliment the first-person point-and-click genre perfectly) the Chaotic Fusion team are also implementing Twitch integration, an all new and unique dynamic hint system, and of course: 4K Resolution Full Motion Video sequences. This means that in addition to remastering and creatively integrating the original Overseer footage, all new FMV content is being filmed for The Poisoned Pawn.
“This is the first full-featured VR title you have to play.”
- Shane Luis from RerezTV
The projected release date for The Poisoned Pawn is 2019. If you would like to stay up-to-date on the progress of the project, you can check out Chaotic Fusion’s dedicated website for The Poisoned Pawn HERE.
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