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New Peaky Blinders video game is all about planning the perfect heist

Players will be able to create the perfect ‘soldier’s minute’

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Peaky Blinders: Mastermind is a brand new puzzle-adventure game headed to Nintendo Switch, PC platforms, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One this summer. The announcement was made at IGN, and includes the first look at the game’s fascinating time-bending mechanics.

The British period crime drama has been a hit with fans since it launched on the BBC in 2013. The series later became a favorite in the United States thanks to a streaming deal with Netflix. This new video game, developed by the team at FuturLab and published by Curve Digital, focuses on a single line of dialogue uttered by one of its central characters.

“Tommy Shelby talks about how he has no concern for the future, no concern for the past,” said game director James Marsden in a gameplay reveal video. “He only cares about one minute, the ‘soldier’s minute’ where everything in a battle is decided. We’ve designed our entire game around this idea.”

The action plays out from an isometric perspective, with players moving just one character around the map at a time. Along the bottom of the screen is a timeline, which allows the player to move the clock back and forth to set up the timing of the heist. Actions of multiple characters get laid down like tracks in a music file, allowing players to synchronize the actions of multiple characters to pull off a heist. The game will also feature missions focused on jail breaks.

It’s a clever conceit, one that’s reminiscent of classic games like Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines and Monaco. No release date or price has been revealed.

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