Alyssa is an upcoming video game in production by Marina for Steam and the Nintendo Switch. The game is a mystery-themed, interactive visual novel which centers around a series of murders in the town of Angel Valley in the sparsely populated northeastern United States. The plot also focuses on the five main characters and their trials in self-discovery and relationships with each other.
The title is set to release in early 2018 for Steam, and by the end of the year in 2018 for the Nintendo Switch.
The game is three-dimensional and played from third person. The player controls Alyssa (or Skylar in certain chapters) using WASD (Keyboard) or the left control stick (Switch controller or Steam via Gamepad), and controls the camera by moving the mouse or the right stick. The may talk to other characters or observe objects seen around the world by moving the cursor to them and left clicking or by having it highlighted in Alyssa's field of vision and pressing A. The player may run by holding Ctrl or the right trigger.
The main point of the game is to investigate cases based around murders, and get all of your evidence together until you can come to a conclusion. The location of key evidence throughout each investigation is greatly randomized and different cases may take place in different parts of town (except for the most essential cases). Thus, there are several difficulty settings to help new or inexperienced players get the hang of the gameplay.
Alyssa, an undercover detective from New York, was dispatched on a mission to investigate a serial killer in the town of Angel Valley in the sparsely populated region of northern Maine. She was provided with a list of four prime suspects who were not yet under investigation by police. Her job was to subtly get information from them before turning the information over to the authorities. The four suspects were named Giselle, Skylar, Casumir, and Xavier.
Alyssa, despite her job description prohibiting her from it, began to form close bonds with all of the suspects, which she had not expected. Due to her close bonds with them, her job becomes much more difficult, and unveiling the truth becomes more painful.
|1||Casumir||Alyssa begins her third week in Angel Valley. She meets Casumir, who lies to her about his experiences with the murders.|
|2||Daniela||Alyssa leaves a key piece of information behind with Daniela, a friend of Giselle. Daniela, feeling betrayed, attempts to confront Giselle.|
|3||Uncover||Alyssa returns to her investigation and Xavier reveals that he knows the truth behind Alyssa's trip to Angel Valley.|
|4||Xavier||The murderer, knowing that Alyssa is on the lookout, begins to play games. Alyssa's investigation has deliberately become more complicated.|
|5||Database||Skylar reflects on their story prior to the events of chapter one. It is now known that they were a prime witness to the first murder in Angel Valley.|
|6||Morbidity||Alyssa uncovers essential information, though she is now torn by her emotions. Furthermore, she cannot decipher whether the information is a false flag.|
|7||Leader||Several of Alyssa's suspects are cleared of the potential of guilt as a hostage situation takes place in town which blackmails Alyssa.|
|8||Trial||Skylar's story continues. They believe they are being framed for murder, and receive aide from Urzula, a teacher at the university in town.|
|9||Misled||Alyssa takes the bait on the hostage situation and must take careful steps to protect the lives of her friends.|
|10||Truth||Alyssa discovers the truth behind all of the murders after the culprit finally comes forward.|
|11||Error||Skylar's story ends; they have a fateful encounter with the culprit. The motives of the true culprit are revealed.|
|12||Skylar||The lives of all of Alyssa's friends are at stake in the final standoff.|
|13||Alyssa||The ending. Alyssa must decide whether it is a good idea to continue to protect her friends.|
Alyssa is the main character; the story is told from her point of view. She is an undercover detective from New York City. She came to the quiet town to investigate a series of murders that have a clear connection. Her mission becomes more difficult as she begins to learn more about her suspects and begins to care abaout what happens to them.
Skylar is a non-binary person who is a resident of the town. Skylar is seen as the most likely suspect, though not enough proof is available. They spend much of their free time at a local café, and they seem to have been framed or threatened for many murders.
Part of the way through the story, the story shifts for a short amount of time to tell Skylar's story.
Giselle is one of the many likely suspects. She is a Japanese woman who is in town to visit her father. She spends much of her free time at a local forest park. She is a prime suspect due to the fact that two separate murders took place in those woods.
Casumir is a Polish immigrant who came to America for university. He is an author and a likely suspect due to the subject matter of his writing -- horror -- and the topics which they cover, which mirror the events which would later happen in the town.
Xavier is the final suspect. He is a police officer of the very small police squad in town. Though it is not to Alyssa's knowledge, he is aware of the fact that Alyssa is an undercover detective and deliberately seems to make her investigation more difficult.