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Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Adventure
Developer: Phoenix Online Studios
Release Date: 2012

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'Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller' Revealed

by Rainier on Nov. 28, 2011 @ 1:33 a.m. PST

An episodic story in the spirit of Dexter and Heavy Rain, Cognition stars Erica Reed, an FBI agent in Boston, Massachusetts, who lost her brother years ago to a serial killer who was never caught.

In the high-stress hunt to save him, she began developing the strange and uncontrolled power of post-cognition: by touching an object, she can see its past, events that happened on, to, or around it. Though it’s undeniably useful in her line of work, her unease with this power has caused her both personal and professional problems. And every serial killer case that comes to the bureau leaves her wondering if this one is the man who killed her brother. When she comes across a crime scene that has clues that were left specifically for someone with her abilities, a new hunt is on.

Who knows her secret? How? And what do they want from her?

Phoenix Online Studios are the creators of the hit King's Quest fangame, The Silver Lining. Almost ten years ago, we were just a bunch of adventure game fans looking to recapture the magic, and knew nothing at all about how to make a computer game! Our learning experience with TSL has not only taught us what to do and how to do it well, but also shaped our goal of creating modern, compelling, and innovative adventure games for today's audience. We love a great story, we love telling a great story, and we know Cognition is a really great story!

To bring you this game, Phoenix Online Studios has joined forces with Khaeon Gamestudio, an independent studio based in the Netherlands. After playing The Silver Lining, Khaeon approached Phoenix Online to develop Cognition, a project originally conceived by Art Director Romano Molenaar, well-known for his works in the comics industry on titles including X-Men, Witchblade, and Tomb Raider. With Romano leading the art team, Phoenix Online Studios are excited to expand on the graphic novel look and feel of Cognition into a fully and interactive experience.

And last but far from least, Jane Jensen is the game's Story Consultant! A lot of the people at Phoenix have been huge fans of Jane's work since her early days at Sierra, through to her latest release of Gray Matter this past year. To have the creator of Gabriel Knight, one of the first and most influential supernatural investigator adventure games, acting as a guiding hand on our story is a dream come true-- and, let's face it, really lucky to have her on board!

Phoenix Online Studios has set up a Kickstarter page to fund the project, and while its first milestone has already been achieved ($25.000 to complete the game) a new goal has been set ($32.000) so pitch in.

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