Indie studio Cherrymoci has released a new trailer for its upcoming detective adventure Tokyo Dark. A 2D interactive story taking cues from the PS3 game Heavy Rain, the game will follow Detective Ito as she seeks out her missing partner in the dark underbelly of Tokyo.
The story takes inspiration from creative director Jon Williams’ experiences living in Japan during the Tohoku earthquake and the subsequent nuclear power plant disaster, adding an intriguing personal touch to the adventure.
“I wanted to reflect on the way Japanese society deals with trauma,” said Williams in a press release. “Having experienced the disaster first-hand, I feel the team at Cherrymochi are in a unique position to tell this story.”
The game will place a heavy focus on choice and consequence, and explore themes of suicide, child idols, institutionalised sexism, and nationalism. A cheery world, then.
“Tokyo Dark places everything in the player’s hands,” said Williams. “Don’t take care of detective Itō`s sanity and start telling other characters that you’re seeing things? You’re going to end up institutionalised. Start firing your gun in the middle of the street? You’ll soon be locked up. We’re really focusing on making sure your choices matter.”
Tokyo Dark is also now on Steam Greenlight, so go give it a thumbs up if you like the look of it.