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Trailer For New Adventure Game, "Cognition"

As depressing as it may be, the adventure game is, for all practical purposes, a dying breed. Before these newfangled polygons and pixels and godd**mn hula hoops - indeed, even before my belated introduction to Pitfall on the Atari 2600 - I would sit in the computer room, immersing my little-boy mind in the wonder of King's Quest IV, though every now and again I would break out some Codename: Iceman. Kudos to anyone who remembers that little diddy - heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat, text-based submarine action-adventure.

Alas, the times are changing, thus rendering my beloved "adventure" genre largely obsolete.

Luckily, for us nostalgia freaks, there is some hope on the horizon in the form of a game called Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller. At the helm is Jane Jensen, know for the Gabriel Knight series. According to Joystiq, the project will also involve "King's Quest: The Silver Lining dev Phoenix Online Studios, along with Titan Quest developer Khaeon Gamestudio and comic artist Roman Molenaar!" So what is the game about? A quote from the press release awaits after the jump!

via Joystiq

Three years ago, FBI agent Erica Reed lost her brother to a serial killer who was never caught. During this desperate investigation, she developed the strange and unpredictable power of post-cognition: by touching an object, she can see its past and the events that happened on, to, or around it. Though undeniably useful in her line of work, this skill makes her uneasy and has caused her problems professionally and personally. Now a new serial killer is on the move-one who leaves behind clues perfectly suited to Agent Reed's unique abilities. Has someone learned her secret? What do they want from her? More importantly: by working this case, will Erica finally uncover enough evidence to bring her brother's killer to justice?

The project is seeking $25,000 for initial development costs, and currently stands at $7,819, with 39 days to go. Donors will be entitled to a few goodies, including "free downloadable copies of the finished game, signed hard copies, and rare opportunities to appear in the game, name characters, and participate 'behind the scenes' in its development." So there you go: For those interested enough to purchase a copy of Cognition upon its completion, you might as well donate, given the fact that aside from supporting the largely-lost art of adventure gaming (there really aren't too many out there these days), you could conceivably get a game for a tremendously low price, as the minimum donation is one dollar. The game will be coming to PC, "with versions for mobile platforms and connected consoles also under consideration," according to Gamasutra. Pricing has yet to be announced, but we'll be sure to pass on more info as it comes along!

6 Comments

Keith said:

Are you sure the adventure genre is dying? It seems to me that a lot of adventure games have been released over the past few years. The Sherlock Holmes, Nancy Drew, Sam & Max, and Wallace & Grommet series have all had numerous entries released. That's not even to mention the various indie adventure games that have also been put out recently. And isn't there a Back to the Future adventure game coming out, or recently released? Then there are the re-done Tales of Monkey Island games as well. I could go on, but I would say that the adventure genre is alive and well, judging from my examples alone. I'm not even a fan of adventure games and I was able to name all of those off. Where have you been?

Limeade said:

I will agree with Keith on this. I do not think Adventure gaming, or the Adventure genre, is a dying breed at all. I would say it is not a highly commercial and lucretive genre, when compared to triple A shooters or RPGs. Similarly, there are not many titles being produced for Adventure games for the same reasons (other things are more lucretive and easier to market).

Moreover, so many genres have co-opted Adventure gaming staples and there are so many hybridized games out there, that it makes for a harder read to see where the boundaries cross. Like Hidden Object Games. I find that HoG's are moving more and more into the Adventure game realm with interactivity, inventory management/items, puzzles, exploration, etc. Which is interesting (and which many people consider adventure games, as well as folks on Adventuregamers.com#. And then we have run of the mill Action-Adventure hybrids, Adventure-RPG hybrids...

But still, through it all, we have many great releases over the last several years. So Blonde, the Siberia series, all the Tales of games, Grey Matter, Everlight, the Book of Unwritten Tales, the Drawn series, Black Mirror series, and even the successful, scary Amnesia #yes, it is the adventure genre) this past year.

So I don't think it is dying, I think it simply has found its humble niche and is quite happy staying there. And doesn't usually have the financial backing of huge industry studios and their marketing hype money. :) Just my thoughts.

On topic of the actual game? It looks very interesting! A lot of talented people working on the project, too. I'm very intrigued. :)

SuperSwede said:

Point taken. I'm realizing now that "for all practical purposes, a dying breed" was a poor choice of words -- probably the Sierra geek in me mourning the heyday of adventure titles.

@Limeaid: I'll definitely check Adventuregamers.com; daddy needs some point and click action.

Dave in Sacramento said:

As a HUGE adventure game fan, I am glad the old style Roberta Williams Sierra games are history. You didn't "SEARCH" the hole in the tree.. Nor "CHECK" the hole in the tree... Nor etc.. You had to "REACH" into the hole in the tree.. Sigh.. The Drawn series, Back to the Future series, etc are the continued future IMHO. I can't wait for the 4th of the Back to the Future games coming out soon. Take care all.

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