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New ARG Hacking Sim From The Black Watchmen Devs

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Alice & Smith, the developers that have been bringing Alternate Reality Games to life for the past seven years, have announced the next installment of The Black Watchmen universe. NITE Team 4 is a strategy hacking simulation utilizing ARG elements.

Nite Team 4 was already Greenlit by the Steam community when an Alpha version was released. Now, Alice & Smith are heading to Kickstarter to secure the funds to create a fully immersive cyberwarfare experience.

While researching for The Black Watchmen, the developers came across a wealth of information surrounding the world of government hacking groups and intelligence analysis. Realizing that the world of specialized military hacking units had yet to be fully explored in gaming, they set out to make a standalone title.

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Network Intelligence & Technical Evaluation (NITE) Team 4 puts the player in the role of a new recruit in the elite and covert hacking cell. Mission objectives are based on actual leaked NSA documents in the Snowden archive. In order to make the game feel accurate, mission objectives and descriptions feature real NSA intel analyst terminology. Inspiration was also drawn from actual cybersecurity platforms, like Kali Linux.

Players will utilize a specially built hacking environment to enter commands and perform offensive computer operations. They will engage with hostile states and black hat groups in a struggle to penetrate highly secure targets in addition to coordinating strike teams on the ground.

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Since it wouldn’t be a Black Watchmen title without some deep ARG elements, players can also expect some in-universe websites and online research to look into. Kickstarter backers are also being asked to help choose the main storyline of NITE Team 4. By supporting the campaign they will be able to vote on one of three possible cybersecurity scenarios to play in the completed game.

Those looking to brush up on their Black Watchmen knowledge can take a detailed look into the past 2 years in the online Almanac. For those who aren’t quite sold on the idea yet, Alice & Smith have also released a comic book adaptation of one of their live events, held in Tokyo.

The blending of the gameworld and the real world with immersive story elements sounds really interesting. NITE Team 4 will be releasing on PC and Mac and players can still download and try out the Alpha version on the official website.

Joanna Mueller
Joanna is a lifelong gamer who insisted the Super Mario Bros manual was a bedtime story as a child. Video games took her to a galaxy far far away where she met and eventually married her husband. Now she reads Minecraft books to her own kiddo while finally making use of her degree to write about games like a proper adult. This is her favorite bio on the Citadel.

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