One of the indie games I really wanted to check out at Gamescom 2016 was BeatCop. We may have not found one of the developers of PixelCrow but we did talk with Pawel Miechowski, who is part of the team of 11bit that is supporting the developers as a publisher. We tried out the GC demo and then Pawel told us all sorts of things about the game.
A retro, pixel art style adventure in New York, inspired by 80’s cop shows. You are Jack Kelly and you’ve been framed for murder. Now as a regular beat cop you have to find out who did that. Expect thick crime story, a lot of black humour and all the other things you can find on the streets of Brooklyn.
Pawel explained that the game is heavily inspired by 80s cop shows such as Miami Vice and Kojak and is basically full of drama and very nasty humour, “which we personally really like,” as Pawel told us. You are a detective who has been downgraded to beatcop (street cop basically) and now is trying to get to know the neighborhood. The player gets to decide if he wants to be a good or a bad cop by making all sorts of choices. Those also affect how the game will end and there are several different endings to experience. “The beatcop’s life is tough,” said Pawel and explained that even though you are still trying to solve a murder, you might just end up focusing on the street cop stuff.
The studio is comprised of two people and the game has been in development for the past 1.5 years. There is also one extra guy for the music and of course 11bit backing the project by doing all of the marketing for it. You might know 11bit from “This World of Mine.” What 11bit does, is basically helping other indie companies get attention by doing a lot of the publishing and marketing for them, which just goes to show the amazing spirit of the indie dev community yet again.
“We do not want to go to Early Access, we would rather do a full release straight away.” The full release is planned for early 2017 and the team is preparing for PAX West and South at the moment. “It will be done when it’s done,” said Pawel and also gave me a hint that there might be a vinyl release of the game’s soundtrack coming too at some point. You will also be able to find the game’s soundtrack on GamesRepublic.