The spectre of World War III no longer hovers over us tangibly, but it will in Oberon, an alternate reality political thriller due to arrive sometime in 2014.
The debut adventure from two-man indie team BlackBird Games is set in a world on the eve of war, as the "diplomatic correspondence between the Federal Colonial Republic of Britannia and the Germanic Empire reaches the boiling point". When a nuclear weapons expert is murdered in Berlin, it's up to the titular protagonist to defuse the latest crisis. The "low ranking Slavic special agent stationed in Berlin" must investigate the mysterious circumstances of the scientist's death, a "quest which will lead Oberon to the dark underworld of global politics and beyond…"
As teased in the game's attractive first screenshots, Oberon will follow two separate storylines, one in the game's real-world German capital and the other in the "nightmarish realm of the main character’s dreams". The third-person, point-and-click adventure promises plenty of people to talk to, puzzles to solve, and inventory to collect and combine along the way.
There is no firm release date yet for Oberon, but the developers are currently targeting completion and downloadable launch for PC sometime in the first half of next year.