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!
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!