When A Crowd of Monsters revealed
that they were at work on the episodic noir title, Blues & Bullets
, we were told at the time that gamers would take on the role of Patton, a "former detective that is struggling with his own inner demons". While the general premise hasn't changed since the August 2014 announcement, it seems some of the details have.
Players will be taking on the role of Eliot Ness, the anti-prohibition detective that was the head of The Untouchables team of law enforcement agents. Together, they worked to bring down Al Capone's operations, and he was eventually arrested and jailed based on tax charges. In Blues & Bullets
, players will take on the role of Ness in an alternate future. Instead of the difficulties he faced in real life after Al Capone's arrest, Ness has retired and settled into the role of diner owner, owning and operating a place called "Blues and Bullets". Shortly after Al Capone finishes his sentence, he learns that his granddaughter is missing and reaches out to Ness for assistance, as he is the "last honest man in a corrupted city". The action takes place in Santa Esparanza, a city so alive that it is essentially another character in the game.
With this past Saturday, May 16th, marking the 58th anniversary of the detective's passing, A Crowd of Monsters has released a new developer diary for the game. The developers discuss the game's story, inform us why the game is in black and white (with a splash of red), and show off some mo-cap action.
Episode One of Blues & Bullets
is scheduled for release this summer.