Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller
Phoenix Online and Khaeon Game Studio have proudly announced that they're working on a new adventure game in collaboration with none other than Jane Jensen, the acclaimed developer behind the Gabriel Knight series and Gray Matter. Cognition will be an episodic psychological crime thriller in four parts, with Phoenix and Khaeon providing the infrastructure while Jensen works on the storyline and investigation-based gameplay. It's an exciting new proposition - and we've got more details, a trailer and concept art after the break.
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, and 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?
Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller will release as a series of four episodes, a format Phoenix knows well from their work on the ambitious freeware game The Silver Lining. After playing The Silver Lining, Khaeon representatives approached Phoenix to develop Cognition, a project originally conceived by Khaeon's art director Romano Molenaar. The game's design team will work closely with story consultant Jane Jensen on Cognition's plot and investigative gameplay.
I'm very impressed by Phoenix's work on The Silver Lining -- this is a talented team who has shown incredible dedication to a fan game. Now they're a young company moving into commercial production and I'm happy to be involved. I hope to help them make their first project a success. Cognition is a perfect fit, too, with its supernatural storyline and graphic novel style. - Jane Jensen
Phoenix Online Studios has started a Kickstarter fund to aid in offsetting the development costs, and you can get involved through the link.