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Blackmore

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Adventure
Developer: iQiOi
Release Date: Spring 2015

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'Blackmore' Announced, Seeks Crowd Funding

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2014 @ 10:34 p.m. PST

Blackmore is set in an alternative universe London of 1888. The heroine of the game is a young woman named Emma Blackmore who, along with Descartes, her robot companion, must use their wits and gadgets to solve the Whitechapel murders before time runs out.

Blackmore takes the best of the classic adventure genre, including awesome Japanese art, clever puzzles and great storytelling and combines them into an all-new game in a rich, immersive isometric environment that will keep players on the edge of their seats.

You play as Emma Blackmore, a brave young heroine who, along with the help of her steampunk gadget-laden robot sidekick, Descartes, must track down a serial killer that's terrorizing the people of East London. Her normal life is shattered one day and she finds herself embroiled in a dark and twisted mystery that exposes the dark side of the city and the dark side of humanity itself.

Famous for his work on Snatcher, Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill 2, 3 and 4, Shadowhearts; Covenant, and many others, Jeremy Blaustein is often praised for his well-crafted dialog, humor and directing sense. This will mark his first foray into directing his own game, but he promises that Blackmore will capture the spirit and essence of a Japanese graphic adventure while offering a polished and well-written story.

“So many of the games I’ve been lucky enough to work on, such as Snatcher, Suikoden 2 and others, just seem to live on in people’s hearts and they don’t want to see them disappear. They want games with that strong Japanese flavor like from the cartoons they grew up on, but with stories and characters that will touch their hearts. We’re sure we can do that with our team,” said Jeremy Blaustein, director of the project.

David Hayter, long-time actor behind the voice of Solid Snake from the Metal Gear series of games added. “I really wasn’t planning on participating in any more Kickstarter game projects, but when I read Jeremy’s story and saw some of the preliminary artwork, I was very excited and wanted to get involved.  I just love steampunk.”

Iqioi Co. has launched a kickstarter campaign to fund developement of Blackmore, looking for a total of $200,000.

Imagine an alternative London in the Victorian Era - a world where European and Asian fashion and aesthetics collide, a world where advances in automation, electronics and chemistry have ushered in a wondrous new world filled with robotic servants, steam-driven transportation and ornately gilded steampunk gadgetry. But as wondrous as it may appear, all that gleaming steel and burnished brass hides an underbelly tainted by rust and tarnished with grime.  It's a world where homeless children beg for food, their hands yellowed and stained from toiling in the match factory, a world where families sleep crowded together in rat-infested rooms, a world choking to death on its own gluttonous greed. 

1888. It was a time of truly breathtaking changes: It was the year in which Germany got a new emperor, the year Van Gogh cut off his ear, the year of the first long-distance car race, the first motion picture, the first home camera, the first Sherlock Holmes book, the first ballpoint pen, the first indoor baseball game, the year Tesla and Edison waged their famous “War of Currents” and the first time that electric trains ran in the first underground subway in the first tunnel built beneath a major river. It saw the birth of the telephone, radio waves, phonographs, light bulbs. But perhaps most memorably, it was the year of the Whitechapel murders, the year of Jack the Ripper.

You play as Emma Blackmore, a young half-Japanese woman and daughter of the late Lord Simon Blackmore, inventor and nobleman. Emma lives in a huge mansion with her brother, Jonas Blackmore, and mother, Teruko Honda-Blackmore. More like her father than her mother in temperament, Emma is strong-willed and determined to do more with her life than merely achieve the Victorian woman's ideal of becoming a wife and mother. Having been one of the first females to receive a medical degree from Oxford, she starts her own medical clinic in East London to service the needs of the skyrocketing poor population. Her closest companion is Descartes, a boy robot built by her father, Simon, to watch over her.

Emma's day begins just like any other. Woken hastily by Descartes, she rushes to morning breakfast served by her family’s automaton servant. Her moody brother, Jonas, thinks she should quit work and find a good husband and her mother, Teruko, is preoccupied with the demands of running the household and attending to her late husband's estate.

Emma jumps on her steam bike and pedals to work, but before the day is over, she finds herself face to face with a crime scene of unspeakable horror. With the help of her robot sidekick and various gadgets left by her father, she puts her wits to the test and sets out a quixotic quest to find the culprit and put an end to the terror besieging London.

Key Features:

  • Highly detailed rendered 2.5D isometric graphics
  • Classic point and click/menu mechanics
  • A powerful orchestral soundtrack written and performed by Motoaki Furukawa, a Konami musical legend 
  • Classic Japanese art-style drawn by veteran Konami artist, Satoshi Yoshioka, who has worked on such hits as Snatcher and Policenauts 
  • A compelling story and script written by Jeremy Blaustein, the man behind the English Snatcher, Metal Gear Solid, the Silent Hill series, Shadow Hearts, Suikoden 2 and many more. 
  • Top voice actors such as David Hayter, Jeff Lupetin and others directed by Jeremy Blaustein  

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