All is well in Paradise until someone drops dead. The world of Paradise Killer is a stylish, surreal parallel realm of aliens, psychic power, and demons. And now, murder.
Paradise Killer is an upcoming murder mystery game that has some serious Danganronpa vibes. The protagonist Lady Love Dies arrives on Paradise, a regenerating island where the reigning Council has been murdered and Paradise itself has been killed. The player is given agency to explore the island, question witnesses and suspects, find evidence, and gradually build a case to argue against their prime suspect.
Where Paradise Killer differs from Danganronpa and skews closer to traditional murder mystery is how it handles the guilty party. The player chooses who to accuse and how to build a case against them, as different characters become newfound suspects or exonerated by new evidence.
It's reminiscent of games like Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (or the Consulting Detective board game), where the player is left to make a call based on their own beliefs and what's available to them. This is the debut project from developer Kaizen Game Works, a two-person team with credits on games like Until Dawn; but as a fan of video game detective work, I'm already really interested in seeing how this open-world investigation pans out.
Paradise Killer is one of the games featured in this weekend's Ludonarracon 2020, a digital version of the narrative game festival that will feature streaming panels, as well as sales and demos on Steam.
Paradise Killer is coming to PC and Mac in summer 2020.