Step into Eliot Ness’ Shoes in A Crowd Of Monsters’ Noir Adventure Game to be Released Through ID@Xbox Program on August 28th
Barcelona, Spain — August 26th, 2015 — Independent developer A Crowd Of Monsters announced that the first episode of its episodic crime noir adventure game Blues and Bullets will arrive on Xbox One as part of the ID@Xbox program in North America on August 28th. Xbox One owners will take on the role of former detective Elliot Ness as he investigates, interrogates and exchanges gunfire with the criminal underworld of the fictional city of Santa Esperanza, as he simultaneously unravels the truth behind the case. The first episode of Blues and Bullets is now available via Steam for PC.
“With a chilling aesthetic that mixes German Expressionism and cinematic narrative with classic detective comics and noir literature, the first episode of the Blues and Bullets five episode arc, introduces players to Elliott Ness and the dirty criminal underbelly of Santa Esperanza”, said Dani Candil, Art Director of A Crowd of Monsters. “Through their investigations, players will interact with Santa Esperanza’s inhabitants while working the case. Every decision they make will impact the case and Ness’ relationships with other characters. These decisions add up to an intense cliffhanger at the end of each episode, putting the player at the edge of their seat”.
In Blues and Bullets the player controls retired detective Elliot Ness who now owns a diner in Santa Esperanza. Drawn into a new case that will change Ness forever, the player chooses how to interact with witnesses, suspects and companions. Santa Esperanza itself is a dark, rotten city that gets more rotten with every passing day. It’s a place where assassins, smugglers and bullies are free to roam the streets, with corruption so rampant that it is nearly impossible to be honest and loyal to the law, defend the weak or get away from the cesspit the city has slowly turned into.
As the player progresses, he or she must investigate crime scenes and analyse clues scattered around rich, highly detailed scenarios to come up with their own conclusions on what has happened. Not everyone will be pleased with Elliot’s progress in the case, and the player’s skills will be put to the test in intense shootouts between the retired detective and a group of mysterious enemies.
Blues and Bullets has been penned by video games writer Josué Monchán, who was behind the script for the Runaway and Yesterday. Blues and Bullets introduces Doug Cockle (Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher 2 and The Witcher 3) as the voice of Elliott Ness, backed by Jules de Jongh (Faith from Mirror’s Edge) who will play Delphine.
Blues and Bullets was the winner of the “Excellence in Story & Storytelling” development award at the GDC Game Connection America 2015 conference and “Best Indie Game” at Gamelab 2015.
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Blues and Bullets will launch on Xbox One on August 28th and will be priced at $4.99 per episode.
Source: Press Release