A Polish dark fantasy adventure/RPG? It’s not just all about CD Projekt and The Witcher.
The Dust, the studio developing The Inquisitor, has announced that Kalypso Media will be the publisher of their game. The German company has held that role in that IP since Tropico 3. Most recently, they were also behind the Commandos III HD remaster, so while it’s not as prominent a name as, say, any of the Embracer Group’s subsidiaries (as they are from the German-speaking area, THQ Nordic, for example…), it’s not a new team.
When the game was announced in May (when it was called I, The Inquisitor, but that’s been simplified…), we wrote: “According to the game’s Steam page, “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 blood-soaked 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 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 maintaining order and enforcing 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 the 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 suspects have tried hiding 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 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.”
The release window for The Inquisitor (which has also had its website address changed) is the last quarter (October-December) of 2023 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series and PC. So it will be released in one year at the earliest.