Hill Agency Cyberdark Native Detective Game: PURITYdecay Isn’t Your Dad’s Hardcore Cop Thriller
If there’s anything I learned from today’s Future Of Play event, it’s that sleek futuristic dystopian mysteries are where they are right now in the indie scene, and for my part , I completely agree. One of the most interesting announcements from the event was Hill Agency: PURITYdecay, described as an “indigenous cyberdark detective game” and in the works at Achimostawinan Games. Although “in the works” might not be an entirely accurate description, as the game will actually be released very soon: August 31 this year, to be exact.
The trailer is a perfect throwback to the hard detective stories of the golden age of the 1940s – featuring a black and white palette with just the occasional splash of color to highlight the high-tech parts. High-tech because, despite its 20th century influences, this game is set quite far in the future, in the year 2262. It’s not exactly a pretty view of the world 240 years from now, though, as the narrator is quick to point out. point out it is riddled with “crime, conflict and propaganda”. Truly holding a mirror to our times, then.
“Life is all about missing children and cheating spouses until a lady from the upper district comes along and changes your life.” This quote from the trailer perfectly encapsulates the worldview of Detective Meygeen Hill, aka Detective Akȃmaskiy, as she introduces us to the seemingly mundane murder case that will soon turn her world upside down.
Naturally, Meygeen has a past she shuns, a sardonic associate in the figure of an aunt, and has just met the smoking hot femme fatale Mary Patentia. She’s also an indigenous woman fighting to be the voice of the unknown in a corrupt utopia on the brink of liberation from colonial oppression (although I have to take her word for that last part, because what you see in the trailer still looks pretty oppressive). It’s a fascinating mix of familiar tropes applied to tell the tale of criminally underserved voices, and it feels captivating as it all comes out.
As mentioned before (but it certainly bears repeating), Hill Agency: PURITYdecay is set to launch on Steam on August 31, 2022.
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