Discover the Dev Diary of Agatha Christie - Hercule Poirot: The First Cases!
For Agatha Christie’s birthday, Microids is pleased to reveal a Dev Diary video for Agatha Christie - Hercule Poirot: The First Cases, exploring the game’s inspirations and ambitions with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage. Developed by the studio Blazing Griffin, in collaboration with Agatha Christie Limited, Agatha Christie - Hercule Poirot: The First Cases is a detective and adventure game starring a young Hercule Poirot before he became the legendary detective we all know and love!
The game will launch September 28th 2021, on PC (Steam), Xbox One consoles, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, and will be backward compatible on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. The release date is set to October 5th 2021 for North America, and October 12th 2021 for Australia & New Zealand.
In this Dev Diary, Neil McPhillips and Justin Alae-Carew (both Co-heads of Games) explain how they tackled the creation of a brand-new and original Hercule Poirot experience yet stayed authentic to the franchise. Agatha Christie - Hercule Poirot: The First Cases’ gameplay illustrates perfectly how the game is aimed at recreating a multi-faceted core detective case. The game offers a narration fully integrated in gameplay mechanics and the story, being told over a series of chapters and acts, feels like a classic Poirot novel.
The immersion is enhanced by the mindmap feature, illustrating the detective’s thinking process. Story-wise, the writing of an engaging murder case for the game, intended to be as compelling as the Queen of Crime’s, was achieved thanks to the contribution of TV & film writers from the studio, closely collaborating with the game’s narrative designers. Finally, to offer a refreshing take on our iconic detective, the studio has chosen to set the game during Poirot’s youth, when his fame had not yet been established and he’d have to struggle to make his voice heard, at a time when the world was changing drastically and raised many socio-economic issues, embodied by a varied cast of characters archetypes.