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Nobody Wants to Die shows first signs of life

Nobody Wants to Die shows first signs of life
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Cinematic nio-noir story set in a dystopian-future New York City coming this year to PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S

In a world where immortality has become possible, surely that would mean the end of murder and the need for detectives to solve them, right? Well, not so fast, because the homicides are just ramping up in Polish studio Critical Hit Games' slick-looking upcoming debut adventure, Nobody Wants to Die.

In a dystopian-future New York City circa 2329, technology has advanced to the point where human consciousness can be downloaded and stored in memory banks and even transferred into another body, effectively rendering its owner immortal. But the price is high, and only the privileged few can afford to pay its subscription. Even they aren't as safe as they believe, however, as it is precisely these elites of society that a serial killer is now targeting for permanent demise. Following a near-death experience of his own, Mortality Department Detective James Karra takes an "off-the-books case from his chief, with only the help of a young police liaison, Sara Kai, to assist him." His investigation will take James to various crime scenes, where he must use his "time manipulation augmentation and advanced technology to reconstruct events leading up to each murder and uncover clues that lead to the horrifying truth" behind them.

The game's first cinematic, Unreal Engine 5-powered trailer shows off the Blade Runner-esque metropolis in which it's set, a city steeped in darkness, both literal and figurative. Hardened by his pursuit of "secrets," the grizzled protagonist is inspired by neo-noir films and will have "navigate the lines of right and wrong" in a world of "vanishing morality." While no specific gameplay details have yet been revealed, the developers promise an "innovative experience" in first-person, free-roaming 3D as you being unraveling a "meaningful and original interactive detective story that explores the dangers of transhumanism and immortality."

No firm target release date has yet been announced, but Nobody Wants to Die is due to launch on Steam for Windows PC sometime later this year, along with console versions for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S


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