Square Enix has gone FMV with The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story, a live-action detective game coming this May.
It looks like it could be a lot of fun, though if you’re expecting Ace Attorney style gags you might be out of luck. The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story looks to be a more serious take on crime investigation and, potentially, ghost hunting.
Ghosts? Yes, because while the trailer’s a little ambiguous about it, having the same family plagued by murders may be too much of a coincidence. The titular Shijima family have, for over a hundred years, been dealing with mysterious deaths, none of which have every been solved. Your job is to visit each of three time zones, using your detective abilities – which include pausing the video when you see a useful object in view – to solve the mystery.
What may make things a little odd, and potentially prejudice your investigation, is that the same actors play different characters in each period. The guilty party in one period, for example, may turn out to be the victim in the next. So you could be side-eying the maid in 1922 because in 2022 she gutted someone with a letter opener.
You can check out the trailer here or see if you can solve The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story’s mystery when it launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC this May 12th.