BadLand Games joins SWDTech Games to release JRPG-inspired Pixel Noir

Posted February 22, 2017 by John Little in Announcements, Gaming News, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Release Date, Screenshots, Xbox One



Originally funded through Kickstarter by SWDTech Games, the noir themed RPG Pixel Noir has now found itself jointly under the eye of BadLand Games, a distribution company with titles such as Dead Synchronicity and Heart & Slash under its belt.


Pixel Noir has been in development for around 6 years, and follows the story of a cop turned private eye who just got out of jail after 10 years.


“An investigation gone awry at an abandoned hospital has left your partner dead, the hospital in ashes, and you behind bars for a crime you didn’t commit. Chasing down lost pets and beating the scum of Pinnacle City is just enough to stir the voices and visions that plague you every night… With your sanity at stake, how can you afford not to take the opportunity to clear your name?”


The game seems to be a mix of genres, with investigation elements as well as some JRPG inspiration. Throughout you’ll solve mysteries as a private eye, from missing to pets to murders, using an ‘investigation mode’ that reveals clues.


Combat is turn based, and you will recruit other members to your team – then being able to utilise them for effective combo attacks – in addition to some weapon customisation.


It certainly caught my attention, if not for the noir theme, then the interesting mix of genres. There’s a fair bit of time to wait, however, as Pixel Noir isn’t due for release until Q1 of 2018.


For now, though, a small demo is available of the pre-alpha state, and the developers are looking for feedback via a survey. The game will release on PC, PS4, Xbox One and PS Vita.



John Little
John Little

I started gaming with the release of the PS1 - Crash Bandicoot and Ridge Racer Revolution being the first 'real' games I ever set eyes on - and have been enthralled with the medium ever since. I particularly love strategy and horror games, the sort offered by titles such as Total War and Silent Hill, though I also have a soft spot for a good RPG. I studied Journalism at university in the hopes of progressing into writing about games. You'll most likely find me covering indie games as I'm always on the look out for interesting little titles, and generally I stick to the PC and PS4 platforms. I'm not interested in MMOs or really any kind of online game, and I have an unusual and frankly worryingly expensive obsession with collecting gaming guide books, but aside from that I like to think I'm a well rounded average gamer. Find me on twitter @JohnLittle29

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