The concept of Murdered: Soul Suspect bears similarities to Capcom's Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, but Matthew Brunner, chief creative officer of developer Airtight Games, said in an interview with Videogamer that he "wasn't even aware of Ghost Trick" when development began.
Both Capcom's 2011 Nintendo DS title and publisher Square Enix's 2014 mystery game feature a protagonist whose ghost is attempting to figure out who killed him.
"I wasn't even aware of Ghost Trick until we were well under way on this project," said Brunner, a co-founder of Airtight. "It made me nervous when I first found out about that."
Brunner acknowledged the concepts of both Ghost Trick and Murdered: Soul Suspect are similar, but said, "When it comes down to the look, the feel, the vibe [and] the actual gameplay, it's very different." In particular, Ghost Trick was full of puzzles, whereas Murdered is designed around investigation — an act that has puzzle elements, but isn't built like a puzzle game.
Murdered: Soul Suspect is set for release in 2014 on Windows PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Check out our pre-E3 preview for more details.
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