Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido are the authors of Blacksad, a graphic novel set in a 50s film-noir world populated by animal characters. Now Blacksad is being turned into a video game, to be released this fall….and developers Microids and Pendulo Studios will be taking us through every step, courtesy of their behind-the-scenes videos.
The first of these was released in July. The second was released in September, and the third, which came out today, is more of a gameplay overview. Blacksad is allowed to roam the areas freely to gather clues, though certain regions may be blocked off depending on his progress. The game has a “deduction system” that lets Blacksad combine clues, observations and other things he’s found into possible leads. It’s not all quiet inspection either…Quick Time Events may occur depending on the situation he finds himself in.
The fact that Blacksad is a cat will also affect gameplay, as cats have sharper senses than humans do…analyzing situations using your senses of vision, smell and hearing will reveal details that previously didn’t jump out (because you were using your human gamer’s eyes, fool).
The 50s, New York City: Joe Dunn, owner of a boxing club, is found dead. Meanwhile, rising star Bobby Yale, due to take to the ring for the most important fight of his career, has mysteriously disappeared. Sonia Dunn, Joe’s daughter, takes over the gym and must deal with its financial woes. She hires private detective John Blacksad to investigate Yale’s disappearance. The highly anticipated boxing match of the year is drawing closer and the club’s finances would not survive a no show from Bobby Yale. During its investigation, John Blacksad will find himself swimming with sharks in a universe where corruption is everywhere..
The game is due out in a week, so we have no idea if there will be a fourth video or not…if there is, we’d expect it to be a launch trailer. Blacksad: Under The Skin comes out November 5 for Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, XBox One and PC.