Blazing Griffin, an independent game studio based out of Glasgow, Scotland, has announced its newest project: a competitive stealth game called Murderous Pursuits in which players take on the role of Victorian-era aristocrats who must hunt down and kill each other in order to appease their bloodthirsty host, a mysterious man known only as Mr. X.
As you can see in the below teaser trailer, Murderous Pursuits will be played from a third-person perspective, dropping up to eight players into an environment that’s crowded by NPC’s and patrolling guards. Each player is randomly assigned another player who they must approach and eliminate without detection, all while keeping an eye out for the player who is also hunting them. Players will also need to be careful about how much attention they draw to themselves since not only do they risk tipping off their target if they move too quickly, but the guards won’t be too happy with their murderous efforts either.
In order to both approach their target and evade any pursuers, players will be able to utilize various tools such as disguises, flash bombs, and other counters. Of course, when it comes time to go in for the kill, they’ll be able to use both melee and ranged weapons to get the job done. Successfully eliminating a target will earn Mr. X’s favor, but in a game where you’re both cat and mouse at all times, you’ll have to always be on your toes if you want to be the last aristocrat standing.
If the above concept sounds familiar, that’s because it bears several strong resemblances to the competitive multiplayer modes found in select Assassin’s Creed games like Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed III, modes where discretion and patience often got players a lot further than simply rushing their target. Blazing Griffin also has some previous experience making stealth-based competitive games as many of its members are from the same team behind the 2006 game The Ship which basically used the same exact concept as Murderous Pursuits only it was set in the 1920’s.
Murderous Pursuits doesn’t yet have a specific release date, though Blazing Griffin’s current plan is to release it for PC via Steam sometime in March, 2018. In addition to standard PvP play, the game will also have full AI bot support, allowing solo players to test their skills as well. You can find out more about Murderous Pursuits (and see some early build screenshots) over at Blazing Griffin’s official website.