Quantic Dream visionary David Cage has invented some strange and sordid tales in his time, the most recent example being Ellen Page simulator Beyond: Two Souls. Those who think that kidnapped child thriller Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls are the height of Cage’s weirdness, however, definitely need to go back and play the wonderfully bizarre paranormal murder mystery Fahrenheit, which was originally released in North America under the title Indigo Prophecy.
Now a perfect opportunity to play Indigo Prophecy is here, as Aspyr Media has released a remastered version of the game with the compromise title Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy on PC, Mac, Linux and iOS. The launch trailer doesn’t indicate that much has been improved in terms of graphics, but one of the new features is a function that allows players to switch between the old and new graphics with the touch of the button, apparently just for the sake of comparison.
Other new additions include touch controls for the mobile versions and controller support for the desktop version, as well as a widescreen option that “strengthens the game’s cinematic qualities.” Striving for cinematic qualities was, and still is, a major priority for Quantic Dream, and as such the action sequences in Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy play out like animated movies with combat limited to completing Simon Says-style quick time events.
The gameplay isn’t exactly Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy‘s strongest point, but it really is worth playing (or at least watching a Let’s Play) purely for how insane it is. The game starts out with main protagonist Lucas Kane waking up in a diner bathroom next to the body of a man whom he has apparently killed, and things only get stranger from there. Over the course of the game the player switches perspectives between Lucas and police officers Carla Valenti and Tyler Miles, who are investigating the murder and the strange circumstances surrounding it.
Angry flying furniture, childhood flashback stealth sequences, giant invisible termites, Theory of a Deadman songs, telekinesis, flying martial arts fight scenes, awkward sex, seductive dancing, terrible wheelchair mechanics: this game has it all. While it might be a stretch to describe it as “good”, Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy is certainly memorable.
Though Quantic Dream wasn’t involved in this re-release, the studio is currently working on a new title for the PlayStation 4. Although no concrete details are yet available, you can bet that it will be something out of the ordinary.
Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered is available now for PC, Mac, Linux and iOS, and an Android version is in development.