By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Thursday, December 5, 2013

Microids had announced earlier in the year that they had gotten the rights to Agatha Christie’s works to make a new series of adventure games. Today they have announced the first title will be The A.B.C. Murders and will be developed for PC, Mac, iOS, and Android much like all of their other recently released titles. A release date and screenshots have yet to be released, but you can check out some additional details Microids has provided about the game. More will be posted as it becomes available.

Montreuil (France). December 3, 2013.
French gaming publisher Microïds has announced that The A.B.C Murders is to be the first title in a series of adventure games inspired by the work of Agatha Christie. This follows the announcement at the European Gamescom conference 2013 that Acorn Productions had licensed Agatha Christie publishing rights, in a deal brokered by IRM.

In The A.B.C. Murders, the player becomes Hercule Poirot, the most famous of Agatha Christie’s detectives. He or she will have to solve one of the most intricate cases the Belgian investigator ever faced. In a 3rd person perspective game, the player will have to collect clues from the crime scene, check alibis and confront witnesses and suspects to catch the serial killer known only as A.B.C.

The story starts with Hercule Poirot receiving typed letters signed by A.B.C. giving the date and location of the next murder. A.B.C. is working his way through the alphabet, leaving an ABC railroad guide with each victim: Alice Ascher is a tobacco shop owner killed in her shop in Andover, Betty Barnard is a flirtatious waitress killed in Bexhill and Sir Carmichael Clarke is a wealthy man killed at home in Churston. Why would A.B.C. write to Poirot instead of the Scotland Yard or any reputable newspaper? With Britain panicking, the fate of the nation is now in the player’s hands!

According to Guinness World Records, Agatha Christie (1890 – 1976) is the most successful novelist of all time. Known as the Queen of Crime, she specialized in locked room thrillers and classic whodunit mysteries. Her 66 novels, 154 short stories and 20 plays have been translated worldwide more than 7000 times. And Then There Were none, Death on the Nile and Murder on the Orient-Express are just some of the many titles that have been adapted for film and TV.

The A.B.C. Murders adventure game is due to be released first on PC, Mac, iOS and Android.

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