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There are few fictional rivalries more famous than that of the great detective Sherlock Holmes and his equally brilliant enemy Moriarty. CrimeSight, a new social deduction game in development at Konami, will resurrect its long-running story, with an unusual twist on science fiction.
CrimeSight is set in London in 2075, a time when crime worldwide has been reduced by 90% thanks to data collection and analysis software that can predict most criminal activity before it occurs. But this peaceful future takes a dark turn when the program predicts a crime that will come so hateful that it will threaten the entire planet. In response, its creators do the obvious and develop a new AI with a single purpose: to investigate and prevent this terrible event.
They call this AI Sherlock.
But as this new program follows clues, it comes to a dark, almost impossible conclusion. Another AI is at the root of these incidents, an AI that is somehow as powerful as Sherlock himself.
The AI known as Moriarty.
Dramatic things, eh? In practical terms, CrimeSight is a multiplayer murder mystery for 2 to 4 players about a group of six "pawns" trapped together by a raging snowstorm: one killer, the other a target and the rest only four people who would probably prefer to be somewhere else. The Sherlock side must find out who the target is and keep them alive for four days, while discovering the identity of the killer; The Moriarty team must give the villain a weapon and then place it in the same room as the target, with no one else in sight, so that the murder can be committed.
It seems like a sort of cross between Clue and Among Us, with some anime painting work and a bit of Minority Report to keep things spicy, but an asymmetrical unit may seem like a really interesting proposition about multiplayer strategy. There is no release date yet, but interested players can sign up to access a closed beta that kicked off today and is scheduled to run until July 11th. Details on how to get in and more on CrimeSight itself are at konami.com.