Some choose to believe the Apollo 11 moon landing of 1969 was a hoax, or that the United States government is keeping extraterrestrials in a hidden building somewhere in the Nevada desert. Epiphany Games is playing off these types of conspiracies with its freshly-announced episodic game, Majestic Nights, which will debut in September. In the alternate 1980s game, these sorts of conspiracies aren't just theories, but are "truths." Players guide an intelligence operative known as Cardholder and a private investigator named Cal in the isometric RPG, uncovering clues to the criminal cover-ups and world-breaking facts about events like alien abductions.
The first season of Majestic Nights includes six episodes and kicks off with a "Chapter Zero" prologue for free in September, which dives into the aforementioned moon landing. Majestic Nights' subsequent chapters will come at a cost; the first is expected to arrive in October, with the season's conclusive sixth episode currently slated for April 2015. The game is in development for PC, Mac, iOS and Android, and while Epiphany didn't put a price to each chapter, season passes will be available for players to guarantee access to the whole shebang.
Majestic Nights (Announcement)
You play as Cardholder: an intelligence operative who may or may not have been present at -- or even responsible for -- many of the biggest conspiracy events in history; and Cal, a humble Private Investigator whose own past is shrouded in secrets unknown even to herself.
Majestic Nights Trailer on the Official Site
"What people don't understand about the moon landing is that all the conspiracy theorists are totally correct," said Morgan Lean, CEO of Epiphany Games. "People walk around knowing all the facts and yet not seeing the Truth. So if the only way to package the actual reality of the situation is as entertainment, then it's our responsibility to do exactly that!"
With fast, light mechanics, the game has been developed to engross players in a shadowy world of conspiracy with an over-the-top 1980s aesthetic. Players will use wits, stealth and sometimes even a little force to investigate, explore, and acquire ever more clues for their big string-covered wall of conspiracies.
"We wanted to create a game thatwas simple to play and just let people dive into the story," said Sam Jensen, lead designer. "The story and the world are the forefront of this game – they're the star of the show and we want everything the game does to support that."
Season One of Majestic Nights takes place over six chapters, which work as a complete story or as standalone experiences. 'Chapter Zero – Sunset After Dark', a prologue to the series, will be made available for free. Each subsequent chapter of the core series will be paid, and season passes will also be available.
Download the press assets, listen to a sample track from the soundtrack or view the official web site for more information.
About Epiphany Games
Epiphany Games was started in Sydney in 2004 by CEO Morgan Lean and CTO Damien Lee. It was established with the intention to be the best game and technology development studio in Australia, and eventually one of the best in the world. Ours is a highly talented and motivated team, with development capabilities on all platforms - PC, mobile and all consoles. We love what we do, and we do it very well. Its previous games have included Runic Rumble and Frozen Hearth.