Nov 9, 2011

Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller

What do you mean you have no idea who Erica Reed is? Haven't you been following the lives of fictional FBI agents? Haven't you, at the very least, been developing any sort of extra-sensory abilities? No? Well, Erica has, but I guess we should start from the beginning. It will after all be the most sensible choice indeed.

So, Erica Reed then. She's one of them imaginary FBI agents and the star of forthcoming, episodic point-and-click adventure game Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller, that's currently being developed by Phoenix Online Studios; the same team that has brought us the excellent King's Quest fangame The Silver Lining. The game will apparently be a detective drama sporting serial killers and supernatural powers, impressive production values, excellent retro-esque graphics, hopefully interesting and evolving characters (Erica will have to solve both personal and professional problems) and intriguing mechanics.

Erica has been gifted with the power of post-cognition, you see, a power that allows her to touch an object and see its past, events that happened on, to, or around it, and I'm pretty sure that Jane Jensen would be more than able to weave some impressive puzzles and plot-threads around this. And, yes, by Jane Jensen I do mean the Jane Jensen of Gabriel Knight fame who is also working on the game. I'm thoroughly, impressed I am and that's why I'll be doing my best to support this game and, frankly, so should you.

You can help with the development of Cognition by supporting its Kickstarter campaign and consequently by pre-ordering the game and an excellent selection of most collectible goodies. Here's the trailer:

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  1. But $20 for a preorder on a product that has hardly even started development?

  2. It really doesn't feel that steep to me. It's a pretty ambitious undertaking. I'll pay up early next month for that final Kickstarter push.

  3. Found these on the way in...

    (hands Gnome two fictional bugging devices..)

    Vid isn't showing here :(
    but I did watch it on the link
    (kicks computer...) about Erica? she single?

  4. looks interesting, I just have too many games happening..I can't find time. I wish I lived in a bubble.

  5. @Jonathon: well, it's 20 dollars if you don't want the design documents and the beta test access, otherwise... and come one, it's Jane Jensen :)

  6. @ Blake: Me too my friend, but, well, we are stuck in the real world I'm afraid. Still, this will definitely take its time.

    @ Uriele: Exactly!

  7. i like the gfx style - if the story is good too it might give an awesome game

  8. Judging by the fact that Jane Jenses is working on the story, we can only expect the very best!