Six key developers behind No One Lives Forever, F.E.A.R., and Shogo went independent to keep working on imaginative first-person games. Blackpowder Games' first project after splitting off from Monolith is Betrayer, a near-monochromatic mystery exploration game.
Betrayer is set in 1604, on the coast of what would soon become Virginia. The player character is dispatched to a small colony but, in a Roanoke-ian twist, all of its inhabitants are gone. The lone explorer must piece together what happened to the settlement while fending off cursed conquistadors and other ghosts, with only a map of the region and a strange archer in red to help him.
Blackpowder Games' debut project will hit Steam Early Access on Aug. 14 for $15. Our friends at PC Gamer got a hands-on look at Betrayer in action if you want to learn more.