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A Bone To Pick is an upcoming noir game following a detective dog who must come out of retirement and track down his missing toy, and we are simply so here for it.
Currently, it looks like the game is the work of one core developer who has been sharing their progress in Unreal Engine to Reddit. What sparked this idea for a mystery game is not known yet I am very glad that it exists. Rex, the detective who was awarded PDSA Dickin Medal For Gallantry, conducts his investigations inside his kennel which appears to have some sort of TARDIS trickery to it.
His spacious office has an elegant desk and corkboard to the side where evidence is brought to the fore. Filing cabinets are in one corner and the sunlight filters through the slats in the blind, ensuring that when Rex is poring over the case, he looks straight out of one of those classic post-war detective movies. Ok, there is some suspension of disbelief that is required here, but it's a dog detective game! Come on. It looks great. And he's got his own little detective hat.
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Part of what makes A Bone To Pick so cool is the dedication to realism from the developer. Rex's movements are accurate to the loping gait of a German Shepherd and you can see the flecks of colour in his coat. The world surrounding him seems to be American suburbia, so while the premise is a little unconventional, the story should still have gravitas similar to its influences.
Plus, playing as a dog opens up opportunities to use the animal's excellent senses to discover clues to crack the case. As someone who adores The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess to bits, sign me up. "This game has so much personality already it's crazy," said one fan on Reddit. At the moment, the developer is looking for recruits to assist the project with its programming, game design, animation and narrative. So, if that's you and the allure of a dog detective game is too much to pass over, then you know what to do.
Featured Image Credit: Reddit user ToGetThroughTheWeek
Topics: unreal engine
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