Anime-inspired detective noir game Tokyo Dark has been scheduled for a release this year on 7th September.

Developed by Cherrymochi, Tokyo Dark is a point-and-click adventure game that follows the story of a detective named Itō as she struggles to balance her work and her own mental health.

Maho Williams, producer at Cherrymochi, said that “in Tokyo Dark, we want the player to be constantly questioning whether they’re one step away from solving the puzzle, or one step away from madness.”

The game is being released in conjunction with Square Enix Collective, Square’s curated answer to Steam Greenlight, where developers can pitch their projects to be voted on by the community and potentially assisted by Square Enix in crowdfunding campaigns, while not acting as a publisher.

“I think there’s a real appetite for new ideas in horror games.” Phil Elliott, Director of Community & Indie Development at Square Enix London, thinks that “Cherrymochi is certainly telling a dark tale, but in a fresh and absorbing way.”

I played a demo of Tokyo Dark at EGX 2016, and I found how it mechanically represented things like stress and PTSD, and the ways in which they can affect your ability to function in a high-pressure job like a detective really interesting. I’m eager to get my hands on the full release.

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