The Sinking City is a third person action investigation game, which takes place in a Lovecraftian version of the American Roaring Twenties. It tells the story of a private detective (with a few skeletons in his closet), who finds himself in the city of Oakmont, Massachussets, in the 1920s United States. Our hero is one of the newcomers who keep traveling to the city, even though it has been devastated by a terrible disaster. A relentless flood of clearly supernatural origins has buried most of Oakmont in its depths, and awakened frightening monsters. Thousands have died in the calamity, and the rest are trying to do everything they can to survive. The detective is driven by his desire to get to the bottom of what’s happening, because he believes his future depends on the fate of the city.
The three key elements that define The Sinking City are open world, investigation and Lovecraft. Oakmont is fully open for players to explore, though it will often require some effort to get to where they want. As it was mentioned earlier, the city is flooded, so the player will have to use boats to traverse the murky waters. The Sinking City features main quest and side quests, as well as moral choice and different endings. The detective mostly relies on his wits and intuition to solve crimes and track down suspects, as well as his weapons to defend himself from monsters. Worth knowing, finding a seemingly optional clue may change the course of his investigation, leading to a completely different outcome.
The Sinking City is still a work in progress, of what I saw and got to play in the E3 2018 mini demo, it looks and sounds highly ambitious. Frogwares is known for their highly enjoyable Sherlock Holmes games (Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments & Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter), and they’re also known for working quite hard to achieve difficult things! I truly hope the company has the time and the money required to make The Sinking City something very awesome.
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