Set in the 22nd century, you play as a game detective who solves crimes inside virtual worlds. You must use your wits to gather evidence from witnesses and suspects, leading you to uncover their deceptive schemes.
With “pen-and-paper based RPG mechanics,” you are given the freedom to approach situations from multiple perspectives but where every decision that you make is important and comes with consequences.
As with real life, these consequences can be immediate, long-term or stay hidden, only to then surface when you least expect them. Whatever choices you make, the game remains neutral and will not judge you for your actions or suggest “better” options for you to consider.
The publisher has outlined the game’s key features as below:
- Games within a game: Each virtual game world you are tasked to go into has its own set of rules and norms. Each new case will take into a new game world with its own variety of game mechanics, creating a slew of games within the game itself.
- Be your own detective: Multiple skills and abilities allow you to be a true detective. Use your cunning to identify witnesses and suspects. Question and interrogate NPCs to gather intel and access different dialogue options depending on your choices. Use your Codex and Deduction tools to unscramble facts, pick evidence and create your theory of what you believe really happened. And when all is said and done, decide according to your own ethics and integrity.
- Wildly branching narrative: Each case has multiple conclusions and it’s up to you to decide which actions to take. The consequences can be immediate, long-term, or even hidden. Morality is a thing of the past and no actions will be judged as “the bad choice”. There are no fail states on investigations, just different outcomes. Say a client hires you to uncover their blackmailer, only you discover the man paying you is just as shady. Do you follow through and expose the blackmailer or team up with them to exhort your client? Or maybe you double-cross both of them, selling the info on the black market? Your choices here can then impact what options become open or closed to you in the next cases.
- You are the sum of your choices: Every game detective has a different past and backstory. Which you pick and what attributes you apply in the character creator already change the course of your story and investigations. In Gamedec the story and your character continually evolve based on your choices. Unlock a deep skill tree of traits and abilities based solely on actions you take in previous cases.
Gamedec will release digitally on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide on 1st July 2022.