And behind the cross-gen game is a major award-winning studio, according to a statement from the publisher.
Microids has worked on Poirot before (for example, the game adaptation of The ABC Murders in 2016), so the French publisher is no stranger to IP (the same can be said en bloc for francophone IP: they’ve worked on practically everything French-language!). Here’s an overview, taken from Steam: “From the brilliant mind of the BAFTA Award-Winning studio, Blazing Griffin, get ready in 2023 for a new adventure as the famous detective Hercule Poirot travels to London for a seemingly simple task of delivering a painting for an exhibition, that will be unfortunately stolen during the grand opening.
For the first time, players can team up with Poirot’s beloved sidekick in the books (Hastings) as they uncover a new mystery. Experience a new location, adventure, and partner in this exciting next chapter of Hercule Poirot in his youth. In this detective adventure game, you will take on the role of the famous detective, Hercule Poirot, as he joins forces with Lloyd’s of London to ensure the transportation, protection, and sale of a valuable painting of Mary Magdalene. The painting will be the centerpiece of a new exhibit at a London Museum, featuring other works of ecclesiastical art on loan from Brussels. As an employee of Lloyd’s of London, your colleague, Hastings, will assist you in handling the insurance of the artworks and the sale of the painting. Upon arriving at the museum, you will meet with the new owner of the painting, Mortimer Ailsworth, and the museum curator, Evelyn Warbeck. Use the resources to examine the security and protect the painting from threats. One week later, a Preview Gala will take place where the main characters will be in attendance. However, things take an unexpected turn when the painting is stolen from everyone’s noses. Your sharp detective skills will help uncover the truth and find the culprit behind the theft.
Continue the journey in the Award-winning saga with the second episode, set in London. Discover iconic locations in London as you play the famous detective Hercule Poirot. Experience the thrill of being a detective and solve the mystery with investigation features such as interviewing suspects and collecting evidence. Immerse yourself in a truly original story, with fully voiced characters in English, French, and German [with] a script faithful to Agatha Christie’s original material, as you uncover the story and characters of Poirot’s youth.
Solve mysteries and piece together clues thanks to the matching new system, with a strong narrative that keeps you engaged until the end. Inspect new environments looking for clues. Look carefully for evidence, and seek information on them in a first-person view. Collect items in an inventory and use them to progress in your investigation. Open chests by finding the correct combination. Move the camera, and look for new points of interest. Collect clues, and evidence will appear in the mindmaps. Mindmaps have been enhanced and require more attention to find the correct link between all evidence. A new feature, timeline, helps Poirot better understand the chain of events.”
Agatha Christie – Hercule Poirot: The London Case is coming this summer to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.