Originally slated for release last winter, spooky Japanese murder mystery Tokyo Dark: Remembrance will miss Halloween, but it'll finally launch on Switch on 7th November this year before heading to PlayStation 4 at a later date.
Coming from developers mebius and Cherrymochi, and published by UNTIES (that's Sony Music Entertainment's publishing label), the game mixes visual novel and point-and-click elements in what looks to be a spooky, nerve-wracking anime-style thriller. You play as detective Itō Ayami as she investigates her partner’s disappearance and, as you can see from the trailer above, things take a turn for the surreal and grisly.
The game's animated sequences have been put together by Graphnica, the company behind cinematics in such notable Switch games as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Xenoblade Chronicles 2, as well as a huge swathe of animation work outside the field of video games. Here's a little more info on Tokyo Dark from the official blurb and some screenshots to get you in the mood:
Detective Itō Ayami hasn’t had a full night’s sleep since the horrifying occurrences leading to her partner’s disappearance. Haunted by eerie images of a young girl and red marks painted all over town, she must fight the mysterious, dark power threatening her sanity on her mission to reunite with her lost colleague.
Every action impacts the storyline, thanks to the S.P.I.N. (Sanity, Professionalism, Investigation, Neurosis) system. Stay cool to gain Professionalism and help from coworkers. Drink on the job to cope with the ghastly images threatening Ayami’s Sanity. Stuck on a puzzle? Wandering around too much can raise the Neurosis stat. Everything Itō does can open new doors or cut her off from other options down the line, affecting the availability of more than 10 possible endings.
It certainly looks lovely for a blood-soaked murder mystery game. The game's dialogue is entirely in Japanese, but it has English and German text options. You'll be able to explore Tokyo, primarily in the dark and presumably while remembering things, when the game launches on Switch on 7th November for $19.99 / €17.99.
Have you been waiting for this one since it was first announced for Switch? Have you already played the game on Steam? Let us know what you think of this moody murder mystery below.