Murdered: Soul Suspect's debut left a lot of gamers intrigued, but rather confused. It didn't help that a handful of oddball ARGs were revolving around the project -- it's hard to decide if you want to invest yourself in those sorts of things without knowing what the game is. Today's announcement trailer should provide a little clarity. We're introduced to the game's protagonist -- as well as his... disability -- and even get to see a little gameplay.
Still, the gameplay remains quite a bit mysterious. What we're shown doesn't seem to include any combat, which could imply there isn't any, though as an action/adventure game I bet it's in there somewhere. Rather, it appears to more of a mystery/puzzle game, which in this day and age is hugely interesting and a breath of fresh air. Here's a short description of the game from Square Enix:
"Using his new-found supernatural abilities, Ronan is free to explore the town of Salem, Massachusetts, from his shadowy afterlife. Unable to communicate with the detectives on his case, Ronan must read the minds of the living, influencing their thoughts and actions. As part of his investigation, he must interrogate the ghosts of Salem’s past citizens to piece together the puzzle, while battling demonic spirits to save his soul and uncover the shocking truth about who is responsible for his death."
It will be very interesting to see where Square Enix takes Murdered: Soul Suspect -- whether that be an entirely mystery-oriented experience with minimal combat, or if they're just hiding the combat behind a veil of mystery. Even now, after this very well done announcement trailer, I'm not sure what exactly Murdered: Soul Suspect is. Maybe we'll get to see more of the game at E3.
Murdered: Soul Suspect is planned for release in early 2014 for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
US announcement - YouTube