Developer LCB Game Studio and publisher Chorus Worldwide have announced a new chapter in the developer’s Pixel Pulps anthology series at the MIX Next Showcase. ‘Bahnsen Knights’ is number three in a series of mid-20th century inspired pulp fiction visual novels, with over-the-top tales and arts that bears resemblance to 1980s home computer graphics. These games take place in a shared universe with recurring characters like paranormal investigator Lou Hill, who is currently locked away in a trunk by a doomsday cult.
Players will take on the role of undercover detective Boulder, who seeks answers following the disappearance of his old friend Cupra—who has gone missing while investigating the Bahnsen Knights. You’ll need to guide Boulder through a hostile, cult-filled environment, tracking motives while doing your best to keep the game’s “suspicion” system in check to avoid potentially terrible outcomes. Investigations, puzzles, and minigames are all across this solemn, dreary apocalyptic landscape.
Have a gander at the gallery and press release below for more information on Bahnsen Knights. The game launches on PC and Xbox consoles on the 26th of October, with a demo currently available on Steam. The first two games in the Pixel Pulp anthology are currently available on Xbox as well: Mothmen 1966 and Varney Lake can be snagged respectively if you’d like to get your pulp fiction fill for now.
Bahnsen Knights, Pixel Pulp Visual Novel, Storms onto PC, Console Oct. 26
Story of Cults and Cars Joins Series with Mothmen and Vampires, Demo Out Now
VANCOUVER, Canada — August 31, 2023 – Bahnsen Knights, the third visual novel in a series inspired by mid-20th century pulp fiction and ‘80s home computer graphics, revs up its story of cults and storms on Thursday, Oct. 26 for PC and Mac via Steam, PlayStation 5|4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch as revealed today at The MIX Next.
Bahnsen Knights serves as the latest chapter in the Pixel Pulps anthology, a series of interactive fiction tales Inspired by 1950’s pulp fiction with its over-the-top tales and art inspired by 1980’s home computer graphics. While each title in the anthology tells a standalone story, each Pixel Pulp takes place in a shared universe with recurring characters like paranormal investigator Lou Hill…who’s locked in a trunk by a doomsday cult.
Undercover detective Boulder must get to the bottom of this and the fate of his old friend Cupra who went missing while investigating the Bahnsen Knights. Cult leader Toni, a former car salesman, preaches Hell is not below us but above. With his fleet of 1983 Ford Sierras, the Bahnsen Knights perform “route exorcisms” while a string of biblical storms rip across the country.
Guide Boulder through a hostile cult-filled landscape to dig into Toni’s monetary motives while balancing a “suspicion” system to avoid potentially fatal conflicts — or worse. Investigate small local hotspots like Danny’s Bar, solve thought-provoking puzzles, and play minigames like solitaire in the unnatural melancholy of an apocalyptic landscape.
The branching narrative ensures that not every trip down these storm-ridden highways is the same each time, with new decisions shedding light on previously-secret parts of the tale. Earn trust among the deceitful, build up the case against the cult, and put to rest a treacherous tale before it spreads out of control.
“LCB’s exploring new territory here in Bahnsen Knights as the horrors are rooted to humanity, not the supernatural,” said Shintaro Kanaoya, founder and CEO of Chorus Worldwide. “It’s quite a surprising tonal shift compared with Varney Lake’s vampires and Mothmen 1966’s cryptids, but somehow all the more surreal because of it.”
Bahnsen Knights releases Thursday, October 26, 2023 on PC and Mac via Steam, PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch for $9.99 / €8.99 / £8.49 with support for English, Spanish, German, French, and Japanese languages. Wishlist Bahnsen Knights on Steam and PS5 today, and play the first chapter of the game on Steam today.Bahnsen Knights Press Release