Snatcher Developers Working On Steampunk Adventure Game

By Ishaan . February 10, 2014 . 11:30am



Blackmore is a Japanese adventure game that takes place in a steampunk world, and is being created by a team of well-known developers. The game—which is up now on Kickstarter—has you playing as Emma Blackmore, a lady who, with the help of a robot sidekick, is tracking down a serial killer terrorizing East London.


Blackmore’s development team is being led by Jeremy Blaustein, known for his work on localizing Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill, as well as Snatcher. Meanwhile, art duties fall upon Satoshi Yoshioka (character designer on Snatcher, Policenauts), while Motoaki Furukawa, who composed music for Snatcher and Gradius, will work on the game’s soundtrack.


In case you were wondering, yes, David Hayter is involved with the project, too. Hayter will be playing Jonas Blackmore, the head of the Blackmore family, and Emma’s brother. Emma and Jonas have a Japanese mother, who is their only link to their Japanese family, the Honda clan.


Blackmore will be a point-and-click adventure game featuring an isometric view with 2.5D graphics. Blaustein says the goal of the game is to meld Japanese and western design sensibilities, being a hybrid of Japanese art and music and written by a westerner.


“I have chosen a setting and a time period that will make a smooth cultural translation that won’t have any resistance in connecting with the West as well as the East,” Blaustein writes on Blackmore’s Kickstarter page. “Indeed the character I have chosen, Emma, being a half-Japanese heroine really represents that effort towards merging both sides.”


Blackmore is targeting a spring 2015 release, and is hoping to accumulate $200,000 in Kickstarter contributions. You can learn more about the game here.

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  • Kristoffer Brandberg

    Hmm, interesting. =3

  • Charles Parker

    I’ve never donated to anything on kickstarter before, but I might give this a shot.

  • Taylor Davis

    Interesting~ First the Wakfu English dub kickstarter and now this, I might donate to this as well.

  • HershelLousyton

    A Steam Punk, Victorian Era adventure game where you and a robot try to find Jack The Ripper from the guys who made Snatcher? I’m not one to overuse memes, but take my damn money!

    • Yause

      Technically, they are Snatcher developers. The character artist, music composer, and translator are on board.

      On the other hand, I’d be more careful with generalization where Japanese adventures/visual novels are concerned. Those types of productions are highly personal and tend to be defined by writer/creator (similar to how the author defines a novel and not the cover artist or translator).

      In short, this is a Jeremy Blaustein work (backed by people who contributed to Snatcher’s look and feel), whereas Snatcher was Hideo Kojima’s vision.

      • Morricane

        Regarding this, I actually really like what Blaustein writes on this kickstarter page pertaining the issue of writer and audience.

  • Kaetsu

    That’s awesome that they got David Hayter as a voice actor :D

    • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

      And Jeff “Gillian Seed” Lupetin!

  • NimbusStev

    The Digital Download tier is a bit more expensive than most games I’ve backed, but I have faith that it’ll be worth it. Snatcher is one of the best games I’ve ever played, so I’m pretty sure this is going to be amazing.

  • Daigure

    Ugh, my wallet… Jeremy Blaustein is, alongside Alexander O. Smith, my favorite translator. I don’t know how capable a writer he is, but I like what I’m hearing.

    Valkyrie Profile, MGS1, Snatcher, Silent Hill… God, so many memories.

  • Oni.

    Copious amounts of thick liquid is projecting out of my member.

  • Kango234

    “In case you were wondering, yes, David Hayter is involved with the project, too.”

    I was not wondering that at all, but it certainly did get my attention.

  • Vladislav

    This sounds amazing! I loved the Sega CD localization of Snatcher, and point-and-click is really my preferred genre, gameplay-wise (although I enjoy a little of everything, especially good Japanese games).

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