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Play as young prosecutor Esther Katz in post-world war II Germany. Investigate real Nazi crimes, interrogate witnesses, find clues and bring the perpetrators to justice.

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About the game
World War 2 has ended. Yet Nazis can still be found in high ranking positions all across Germany. Hesse's Attorney General Fritz Bauer establishes a special unit of young, unencumbered public prosecutors to pursue and investigate Nazi crimes and to prosecute the perpetrators.
Prosecute former Nazis
You take on cases of atrocities committed by former NS officials. Through evaluating immersive witness statements, collecting hard evidence, and validating important information you’ll be able to flesh out your case and ultimately go to court, where the perpetrators will face the full weight of the law.
Everything is still present
Following orders is no excuse for committing crimes. Investigate cold cases and bring the perpetrators to justice. Not to avenge, but to show that there are laws that apply to all and that crimes will always remain as crimes.
“Nothing belongs to the past, everything is still present and can become the future again.”
Fritz Bauer

Discover crimes
Search files from the Nazi era, interview witnesses and suspects to find the truth.
Find witnesses and suspects
Take an emotional and immersive journey through different witness statements.
Reconstruct the crime
Draw conclusions, evaluate evidence, and reconstruct the crime in real time.
Make your case
Discuss your findings with your team of expert investigators and build a convincing case
Bring them to justice
Find the correct charge, press charges, and have the criminals arrested.
See how you fared
Convince the court, reveal the truth, and bring the perpetrators to justice.

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THE DARKEST FILES is currently in development. Play the Demo at Gamescom 2022 at the INDIE ARENA BOOTH, HALL 10.2
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