Atlus and Big Finish Games have announced that they have entered into a partnership to publish the Kickstarter funded Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure. According to an update from its Kickstarter page, Atlus will play test the game weekly and provide “more polish” for the game in addition to distribution capabilities.
The Tex Murphy series was first released in 1989 on PC with Mean Streets, and takes place in a post-WWIII San Francisco. Players are put in the shoes of Tex Murphy, a hard-boiled private eye that harkens back to the days of detective noir with the likes of Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe -- but with a sense of humor.
The description of Tesla Effect, the sixth installment of the Tex Murphy series (first since 1998), is:
Tesla Effect begins with Tex Murphy—the down-on-his-luck gumshoe in the post-apocalyptic future—regaining consciousness on the fire escape next to his office with a gaping head wound and an injection mark on his arm. With the last seven years of his life wiped from memory, the private eye has no choice but to figure who was behind the mysterious attack and why.
Originally launched in May last year, the Kickstarter campaign for this game had reached nearly $600,000 in crowdfunding. Now with Atlus onboard, the question becomes: “What becomes of the money from the Kickstarter? Will Big Finish Games do as Divekick did and refund the money to its backers? Do they keep the money and follow-through on their pledge promises?"
At the moment, Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure is due to hit Steam in Q1 2014.