The Drifter is a pulpy point-and-click from the developers of Crawl

The team behind competitive hack-and-slash Crawl (opens in new tab), one of the best local multiplayer games on PC (opens in new tab), have announced The Drifter, a pulpy pixel art point-and-click starring a murdered man who's brought back to life.

You'll play Mick Carter, who's having a very bad day. As soon as he returns to his old home town he witnesses a gruesome murder before meeting his own demise at the hands of mystery assailants. Then—and this is where it gets weird—he regains consciousness a few seconds before his death, only this time he's been framed for the original murder. You'll have to clear your name while also finding out who's hunting you, and why.

Australian studio Powerhoof's story description on the Steam page (opens in new tab) is pretty vague, but expect corporate conspiracy, plenty of exaggerated violence, and a dash of the supernatural: Mick reckons "something followed him back from the other side".

It'll control like a traditional point-and-click, but the puzzles won't be as tough as the classics. The emphasis is very much on story, with the puzzles being "down-to-earth [and] unobtrusive", Powerhoof says.

"We're keeping the pacing quick and lean, you'll never be wandering around lost for long periods—Mick is propelled through the story at a good clip, from one situation to another," the team says.

The release date is simply listed as "when it's done".

As well as The Drifter, Powerhoof are working on platformer Acid Knife, which Shaun was keen on after his hands-on earlier this month (opens in new tab).

Samuel Horti

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.