Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure, the latest installment in the crime adventure series, will be published by Atlus in early 2014 for Windows PC and Mac, developer Big Finish Games announced today.
Tesla Effect is the first new game in the classic series to be developed in almost 16 years. The game will feature full-motion video segments — real-life actors performing in a video game setting — and will preserve the long-running series elements of cyberpunk-noir.
According to a press statement, the storyline for Tesla Effect will feature "double-crossing holograms, mutants, and danger at every turn" for post-nuclear San Francisco's best private detective, Tex Murphy.
The game began as Tex Murphy: Project Fedora, which was successfully funded via Kickstarter last June. The project earned more than $598,000, overshooting its initial $450,000 funding goal.
"The Tex Murphy franchise is definitely much beloved around the Atlus office; a lot of us were playing Tex games before we started our careers in the games industry," said vice president of production and business development Bill Alexander in a post on the Tex Murphy website. "Atlus has a great penchant for stepping in to help developers bring their incredible games to market, and we are eager to breathe new life into this classic franchise. We hope that it will bring back fond memories for Tex Murphy fans as well as introduce a new generation of gamers to his one-of-a-kind humor."
"The success of the Tex Murphy Kickstarter proved to us that fans were still out in the world, craving the nostalgic adventure gaming the series is known for," added Ryan Jones, business development director at Big Finish Games. "By partnering with Atlus, we're going to bring the magic of Tex to a global audience in a big way. Their continued support will help us deliver the most exciting Tex Murphy adventure yet."