From Hatoful Boyfriend, developers of Swords of Ditto.

If you've ever found yourself cursing the lack of mysterious police-themed games with the sharp manga lines of a visual novel and Picross's aggressive numerical puzzles, then it's time we have words. And those words are: Murder by Numbers.

Explaining in the Los Angeles of the half – 90 s, Murder by Numbers follows the adventures of Honor Mizhari, a TV actress on a hit show, whose detective skills are used in real life when his boss is found dead. What follows, according to the official announcement, is a story of “conspiracy, deception and – obviously – murder”, which takes place in all television studios, in successful shows and Los Angeles drag clubs.

I am not exactly clear as Murder by Numbers is structured from the gameplay point of view, but the trailer above suggests an experience that combines visual-novel narrative progression with Picross-style logic puzzles – which, now I found out, they are technically known as nonograms. Multiple cases are promised as Mizhari attempts to demonstrate his ability to solve crime and there is a sort of element to hunt for clues involving your SCOUT, a reconnaissance robot “thrown away after a mysterious accident”.

There is no exact release date for Murder by Numbers at the moment, but the Mediatonic developer says to expect some time next year on PC and Switch.

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