This Is The Zodiac Speaking

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Klabater
Developer: Punch Punk Games
Release Date: Oct. 15, 2020

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'This Is The Zodiac Speaking' (ALL) Gets Delayed A Few Weeks

by Rainier on Sept. 16, 2020 @ 8:38 a.m. PDT

This Is The Zodiac Speaking is a dark, fact-based single player FPP adventure thriller, combining stealth & detective modes in a stylized world of California 1970s.

This Is The Zodiac Speaking is a thriller with elements of classic horrors, stealth mechanics, detective mode and several endings to discover. This Is The Zodiac Speaking is based on facts from one of the world-famous crime cases of the Zodiac, a never-caught serial killers admitting to 7 killings but suspected of around 35 murders around the area of San Francisco, California in 1960s and 1970s. The story of the psycho killer sparks the imagination of people all around the world with legends growing around the killer’s identity and his murders while the case remains unsolved.

Dare to risk you life and sanity on a journey between past and present, between memories and dream visions of the Zodiac’s victims to collect clues and re-enact murders in order to save the victims, including yourself, from what the psycho has in plans and try to deal with your own trauma in a hostile world where Zodiac follows your every step. Game offers two different gameplay modes, one blends storytelling with stealth and action gameplay elements while the other (Detective mode) puts emphasis on storytelling to let you fully immerse in Zodiac investigation.

Play as Robert Hartnell, a San Francisco journalist, who receives a phone call from the Zodiac, greeting him with the memorable ‘Hello, this is the Zodiac speaking’. Visit stunning stylized world based on the real locations where the Zodiac killings took place in and around the area of San Francisco, California of 1970s. Collect clues, solve riddles and set the right chronology of events to solve Zodiac’s murder cases.

Re-enact the killings to save the souls of his victims. Avoid the Zodiac at all cost as he follows your every step. Try to discover Zodiac’s identity collecting hints that will help you solve his cipher. Attend therapy session to learn more about the suppressed memories from your own childhood and try to heal your trauma. Travel between past and present in dreams, memories and vision to understand and learn more about the killer and about yourself.  And whatever you decide remember – this story does not have only one ending. 

Originally planned for release on September 24, 2020, This Is The Zodiac Speaking has been pushed until October 15, 2020.

This Is The Zodiac Speaking is now fully playable, but there’s still work to be done in terms of final fixing and playtesting. The other reason behind the delay is a simultaneous release for all the platforms.

The game will also receive additional support from Investigation Discovery (the #1 true crime network in the US), the official media partner for the game.  

Interested fans can try out the playable PC demo.

Key Features:

  • Discover the facts and evidence-based story of the America’s most famous never caught serial killer.
  • Experience the story from the perspective of a person who survived the attack of the serial killer, face your trauma and run investigation that will lead you to truth about Zodiac.
  • Unravel the details of the murders, visit crime of Zodiac’s murders, experience a real psychological sessions that will help you to manage your traumas.
  • Reveal the 3 alternative endings, all based upon your investigation decisions.
  • Enjoy the atmospheric, film music and original stylized visual style
  • Travel to the vintage 70’s and feel the atmosphere of the past in real California locations

The co-author of This is the Zodiac Speaking script is Lukasz Orbitowski, one of the best Polish writers, laureate of the prestigious Paszporty Polityki award and nominated for the Nike award. Together with Krzysztof Grudziński, Head of Punch Punk Games and creator of highly acclaimed Apocalipsis: Harry at the End of the World game, they plunged into the iconic setting of 70s’ California to produce an immersive and mature story for people with nerves of steel!

This Is The Zodiac Speaking is coming to PC (Steam), PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on October 15, 2020.

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