The Shapeshifting Detective is the second FMV murder mystery game from D’Avekki Studios, following in the footsteps of the rather brilliant The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker – which I reviewed a few weeks back.
Reviews for the latest ‘whodunnit’ experience are embargoed until 1 pm (GMT) on the 6th of November, which is the release date for the game. As I’m going to be covering the game in much more detail in less than 24 hours, I thought it would be a perfect time to share a bit more information on the game.
D’Avekki Studios have been interviewing all of the cast members in the run-up to release. I’ve placed them all below so that you can check them all out without having to leave the page! But first…
What is The Shapeshifting Detective?
I’ll elaborate on this tomorrow, but here’s the ‘official’ blurb from the Wales Interactive website:
The Shapeshifting Detective is a supernatural-noir murder mystery FMV game where you play as a detective who can shapeshift into other characters, allowing you to unlock secret conversations and private encounters. The game features more than 1600 full HD video responses, a simple questioning interface with unique ‘delete’ mechanic, and a randomly chosen murderer at the start of the game.
“Solve the murder. Stop the killer. Don’t get caught.”
Dorota Shaw is dead. And the prime suspects are three tarot readers with the uncanny ability to predict murder – or commit it. It’s your job to find out what else they know – but they won’t reveal their dark secrets to just anyone… Luckily, you can be anyone you want to be. Even the next victim.
● 1600+ full HD FMV videos
● Shapeshift into other characters, or be yourself
● Delete questions you don’t want to ask
● Branching storyline and randomly chosen murderer for high replayability
● In-game radio station featuring short dark fiction plays between visits
*Click on any of the images to see their interview*
Dorota Shaw, a celebrated Cellist – just what secrets was she hiding and did she take them all to her grave?
Here are our ten suspects/victims/innocent(debatable) people and a child. Click on any of the characters below to watch their interview with the developers about their time filming The Shapeshifting Detective, frogs, apples, ‘doing lines’, and more:
August Radio Shows:
On top of the FMV interactive sequences, you also have the chance to listen to a few stories on the radio whilst in the cab or in-between interrogations/interviews. These are:
ANGELA ADKINS – “Nightmares”
MARTIN OWTON – “Open at Midnight”
DAVID F. SHULTZ – “The Bag Lady”
CHRIS HOPPENBROUWERS – “Dimitri’s Descent”
ASHLEY VAN HESTEREN – “Contagion”
They are narrated by:
Adam Day (CallOfCthulhu)
Brandy Clarke (Brandykins)
Jessa from The Jessa Channel
John Mark Clawson
The Raw Geek
Tex Murphy (yes, THE Tex Murphy)
Rupert Booth, Anarosa De Eizaguirre Butler and Nicholas Pople were also interviewed by Laceya Finley on Twitch the other day, you can check out the 75-minute interview below:
So, Check out our review, once the embargo has passed, and pick up The Shapeshifting Detective From Tuesday on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam.
Until then, check out the trailer below and enjoy!