Atlus Steps In To Publish Kickstarter Adventure Game

By Ishaan . August 28, 2013 . 4:58pm

Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure is the sixth game in the Tex Murphy series of adventure games starring the detective Tex Murphy. As with previous games in the series, you’ll navigate 3D environments searching for clues and using items to make your way through the game and progress through the story.


Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure started out as a Kickstarter project and managed to rake in nearly $600,000 in contributions—a fair amount more than its $450,000 goal. However, the game’s developers have had another stroke of luck, with Atlus USA having signed on to publish their game worldwide.


Atlus made the announcement this morning, noting that their involvement will help developer Big Finish “more fully develop their vision” for the game. Tesla Effect is slated for release in early 2014 on PC (via Steam) and Mac and will feature full motion video like the adventures games of old.


“The Tex Murphy franchise is definitely much beloved around the Atlus office; a lot of us were playing Tex games before we started our careers in the games industry,” said Bill Alexander, vice president of production and business development.


“Atlus has a great penchant for stepping in to help developers bring their incredible games to market, and we are eager to breathe new life into this classic franchise. We hope that it will bring back fond memories for Tex Murphy fans as well as introduce a new generation of gamers to his one-of-a-kind humor.”


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  • alangato

    Wow, Atlus still doing all that even in a difficult moment like this…makes me wonder, didn’t they say that a deal could me made by the end of this month? Someone already bought Index?

    • Lazulis

      iirc, Atlus USA isn’t really in trouble, Index is.

      • alangato

        I know that vivian, but they are connected with Index in some way…I thought Index would control the money, and in a moment like that I thought that localizations and publishing stuff at atlus would suffer, but I was wrong!(even though they said that atlus would not be affected, I thought they were talking about games like EO and SMT4)

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    It’s an FMV game?! I thought it was going to be rendered in 3D but more FMV games is a good thing.

  • Chris Lane

    I can’t like this enough. Atlus, you guys are awesome!

  • マッシュー

    I can’t wait. I love this article. (:

  • transferstudentx

    i buy it for atlus sake the game is just a bonus

  • Tom

    I thought having your project on kickstarter means you are free of the publishers’ stuff, like they won’t tell you what to and what not to in your game. We’ll see.

    • Geoff Kelly

      Not necessarily, they were on Kickstarter because publishers refused to finance a sequel. Now they have money to make the game free of interference (they wouldn’t have agreed to a stupid contract with Atlus.) They even have an extra undisclosed amount of money from Atlus. As well as a publisher so that the game reaches many more people than it would have. Everybody wins.

      Publishers aren’t necessarily an evil or a bad thing. They do perform especially valuable and useful services. I think a lot of the Kickstarters that are verbally against publishers are silly really. They are shooting themselves in the foot and restricting their opportunities.

  • artemisthemp

    Looking forward to a Gameplay trailer

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    • fairysun

      Atlus is getting closer to be “I have to buy this game because it has Atlus logo on the cover” company in my list.

      I have 2 empty spots in my list because Square and Capcom are gone now.

  • Göran Isacson

    Holy heck a FMV game in this day and age? Wonder how that will work out.

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