Paintbucket Games is doing it again: After Through the Darkest of Times, another video game will come onto the market that deals with the resistance against National Socialism. This time the developers are centering the plot in terms of time and content around the famous Hessian Attorney General Fritz Bauer.

Berlin-based developer Paintbucket Games today announced The Darkest Files, the spiritual successor to their award-winning Nazi resistance game Through the Darkest of Times. This video game also has a historical background: The Hessian Attorney General Fritz Bauer founded a special unit of young, unincriminated prosecutors to prosecute and investigate Nazi crimes and prosecute the perpetrators. Among other things, he became known as one of the key informants in the search for the organizer of the Holocaust Adolf Eichmann and through the Frankfurt Auschwitz trials in the XNUMXs.

A video game about crimes from the Nazi era

In "The Darkest Files" the players take on the role of the young public prosecutor Esther Katz in Germany in the XNUMXs. She is part of the team around the famous Hessian Attorney General Fritz Bauer. As the protagonist, the players investigate crimes committed by former Nazi officials, collect evidence, question witnesses and ultimately bring the perpetrators to justice. They embark on a gripping, emotional journey through the chronology of crimes and the dark times of Nazi rule.

"After Through the Darkest of Times, we have decided to also deal with the historical setting in one of our next games, also because the current developments of our time do not let us rest. We decided to go chronologically to the post-WWII period, when Nazis were still in high-ranking positions all over Germany,” explains Jörg Friedrich of Paintbucket Games.

"Fritz Bauer and his team have done immensely important work during this difficult time by bringing numerous criminals to trial and publicly accusing them of their crimes. In doing so, they have had a lasting impact on how the Germans see the National Socialist era and helped “Never again!” to become a social consensus. With The Darkest Files, we want to give our players an insight into this difficult and exciting work.”

In The Darkest Files, players must search Nazi-era files and interrogate relatives, witnesses and suspects to uncover the truth. In an evaluation of the evidence, they then reconstruct crimes before the cases ultimately end up in court with the filing of a lawsuit.

In "Through the darkest of times”, the spiritual predecessor of “The Darkest Files”, the players organize the resistance in Berlin at the time of National Socialism. The game was nominated for numerous awards and won the German Developer Award 2020 in the categories "Best Indie Game" and "Best Story" and the German Developer Award 2020 in the category "Best Serious Game".

The game is currently in development and is scheduled for release in 2023 for PC, Mac, PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch. A first demo version will be playable at this year's gamescom in the Indie Arena. 


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