There are only two weeks left before the very active Square Enix returns with a project that leaves the beaten track. On May 12, the investigation game in real shots The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story will be available on PS5, PS4, Switch and Steam.

The publisher today shares a new trailer for this title produced by Koichiro Ito (428: Shibuya Scramble) and produced by Junichi Ehara (Nier Automata), with the director of photography Yasuhito Tachibana (The Naked Director) and the SUDIO H.A.N.D. (Neo: The World Ends With You) to development.

If the references inspire confidence rather, it is to be hoped that the intrigue and the mechanics of this project hold out since it will still be necessary to invest 50 euros to accompany the author of detective novels Haruka Kagami in this cinematographic adventure through the generations. The investigation takes place on three different eras (1922, 1972, 2022) but still around the Shijima family, that a curse seems to be chasing for 100 years in the form of a strange fruit of youth.

The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story | Story & Gameplay Trailer

Regarding the tools allowing to conduct the investigation, the player can in particular consult the plans of the zone surrounding the place of the murder, which can be useful for finding contradictions, in particular on the location of people. Each murder takes place in three phases: the presentation of the murder and the search for indices (scenario phase), the connection of clues and tracks in the cognitive space of the protagonist to create theories (reflection phase) and the moment to designate The culprit while knowing how to defend his arguments (solution phase).


The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story – History and gameplay trailer