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The Sexy Brutale is nearly ready for players to tackle its beautiful and creative world of puzzles and murder. And thanks to a recent announcement from the developers, we finally know when we will be able to try and decipher "whodunit."
Tequila Works and Cavalier Game Studios have offered only brief details concerning The Sexy Brutale up to this point but, with a launch date announcement and a new trailer in tow, it looks like we can finally expect to play the game come April 12.
As the report from Gameinformer reminds us, The Sexy Brutale will launch across the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC when it finally arrives in mid-April. In the game, players will relive the same day over and over in an attempt to figure out who is murdering the guests attending a gathering in a fancy casino mansion. Apparently, casino mansions are a thing and nobody ever told me? I'd totally visit a casino mansion so long as murder and repeating days aren't involved.
The trailer promises "a recurring series of exquisite murders," as the player is stuck in a loop similar to the film Groundhog Day. The catch here is that you are a "meddling priest" who wishes to protect other visitors to the mansion from kicking the bucket. To do that, you'll interact with the environment and set up foils to the plans of the murderers.
It's hard to get a grip on the mechanics from the trailer alone, as it looks like The Sexy Brutale is taking a lot of cues from traditional adventure games and plugging them into more of a clockwork environment where things happen around you. It looks like the priest can finagle objects in the various rooms but, again, we're not sure how doing so actually helps protect the other mansion guests.
One thing is for sure, though, and that is that you can hide in cabinets like Solid Snake. It looks like the priest does exactly that a couple of times in the trailer to avoid detection and, at one point, it appears he is using his hiding place to listen in on a conversation being had by the baddies.
But if the mechanics haven't intrigued you yet, we imagine that the art style will. We love a game that has a bold, unique look, and The Sexy Brutale offers exactly that. We'd probably spend as much time ogling the rooms' lovely details as actually playing the game.
If the name Tequila Works is ringing a bell, it might be because they have another game, Rime, heading to consoles in May, just a month after The Sexy Brutale. Here's hoping that means we're in for a one-two-punch of quality indie entertainment later this year.