It often happens that a rather niche and intriguing title is announced for the Japanese market, and we sigh and doubt it'll ever come to the West. With that in mind it was pleasing in the Summer when Chase: Cold Case Investigations - Distant Memories was confirmed for localisation to the West by Aksys, given a Fall release window; it's hitting that target, too, as it'll arrive on the eShop in North America and Europe on 13th October.
One of the reasons this project is eye-catching is that it's been led by Taisuke Kanasaki and the talents of multiple staff from the now shuttered CiNG studio. They're well known for narrative-driven titles on the DS in particular, including the likes of Trace Memory, Hotel Dusk: Room 215 and Last Window: The Secret of Cape West.
The following description from its press release only gets us more interested.
Join the exploits of two gritty detectives whose sense of justice and raw instinct drive them to seek the truth. Put your sleuthing skills to the challenge by re-investigating old crime scenes and solving cold cases by searching for clues and interrogating perps!
Investigate - Find leads by diving head first into old investigation notes, crime scene photos and eye witness reports as you put together all the pieces.
Interrogate - Once you have a solid lead, interrogate persons of interest to see what they do (or don't) know. Grill perps by asking tough questions, but be careful! Ask the wrong questions and your Interrogation Gauge will deplete. Ask too many wrong questions and it's Game Over!
Deep story - 5 years ago, an investigation into a mysterious explosion dead-ended without any resolution. Deemed an accident, the circumstances surrounding the case were never fully explained. Now, a new clue has reignited the case and shed new light on a startling revelation. Get pulled into a complex narrative of mystery and intrigue as the Cold Case Unit searches for the truth!
Are you intrigued by this one? Let us know in the comments.