The Dust, a Polish studio, announced a promising game that follows CD Projekt RED’s formula with The Witcher (CDPR used Andrzej Sapkowski’s books as a basis for The Witcher games roughly two decades ago).
According to the game’s Steam page, “I, the Inquisitor is a story-driven, dark fantasy adventure game with action elements and difficult moral choices. Based on the bestselling Inquisitor book series by Jacek Piekara, the game takes place in an alternative religious timeline. Once nailed to the cross and near death, Jesus becomes consumed by utter rage. He breaks free and unleashes violent vengeance on all the non-believers. Centuries pass, and now an army of zealot Inquisitors brutally enforce the faith in this bloodsoaked Church.
You are Mordimer Madderdin, an Inquisitor in God’s service—sent to the town of Konigstein, which is plagued by a series of mysteries and sin. Solve the various cases and crimes of those who have transgressed against the faith, all while uncovering the truth of a darker evil from another realm trying to enter the world of the living.
Your role as an Inquisitor is to maintain order and enforce faith in God. But the world is full of sinners who have lost their way. Decide the fates of those you judge in multiple story-driven cases and missions. This is a world where morality and what is right have long strayed from each other. So, will you show mercy or undying belief in holy law? This dark, gritty story centred around a religion preaching revenge and violence. Multiple branching story choices will test your morality. Choose your path and decide what kind of Inquisitor you will be – one of pity or retribution – and ultimately what mark you leave on this world.
Mordimer has unique skills and abilities that allow him to solve the various crimes and mysteries that have befallen Konigstein. Track down and interrogate suspects. Discover the hidden truths of the city and its inhabitants. Piece together the evidence and make your final judgments. Unbeknownst to those around him, Mordimer can enter the mysterious Unworld. He can discover the deeper secrets that suspects have tried to hide in their souls. But there is a grave risk to venture into this world as a dark force reigns supreme here and will do everything it can to destroy you for stepping foot into its realm.
The 1500s are still a cruel era of justice. As an Inquisitor, you have been given free rein to use whatever necessary methods and tools to get suspects to reveal “the truth.” These optional interrogations date back to the times of the real Inquisition, and it’s up to you to decide if and how much force to apply to those under your investigation. Sometimes a tongue just needs to be cut right out to loosen it. A complete sword-based combat system means various cases will let or even require you to use brute force. Master your blade, find your openings, and use your enemy’s weak points against them.”