Rebelephant and Merge Games is a point-and-click adventure arriving on the Nintendo Switch today, focused on hacking and cybercrime. Mainlining will delve into the world of cybercrime, with dark and dry humor paired with their narrative. The government has introduced the BLU Pill Act and Secret Intelligence Service’s reintroduction of MI7. All online personal data is easily accessible by the government, and that is a horrifying thought.
The entire game takes place on the simulated desktop of the protagonist’s computer. As an MI7 operative, your primary objective is to gather evidence by hacking suspects’ computers and phones in order to facilitate their arrest and to ensure that the courts have what they need to hand out the longest sentences possible. You have to make important judgments on whether the case you’re on is complete or not. Going too quickly will mean leads can be missed, and going too slow means your suspect could get away.
Mainlining is the first title from Sam Read’s Rebelephant. Having tasted success as part of the team behind indie-hit, Dream, Sam formed Rebelephant as a vehicle for him to work alongside some of the games-industry’s most creative individuals. To help bring Mainlining to life Sam recruited some award-winning talent:
- Jared Emerson-Johnson (musician whose work includes Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Game of Thrones and more)
- Jill Murray (writer behind Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation and most recently Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate)
- Dave Grey (an extraordinary pixel artist whose previous collaborations include the likes of Microsoft and HBO)