Cyber-surveillance driven intrigue comes to Nintendo as Mainlining launches on the Switch.

Cyber-surveillance driven intrigue comes to Nintendo as Mainlining launches on the Switch.

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Thursday 20th June, 2019, Manchester, UK – Merge Games and Rebelephant are proud to announce that Mainlining, the point and click hacking adventure has now arrived on the Nintendo Switch!

Mainlining is an exhilarating foray into the world of cybercrime! The game mixes dark and dry humour with a gripping narrative, that will have you hooked from the very first case. Following the government’s introduction of the BLU Pill Act and the Secret Intelligence Service’s reintroduction of MI7, all online personal data is accessible by the powers that be. Mainlining questions techno-ethics and asks whether it is acceptable for an organisation to have the power to look at personal data – what if somebody else had access to that information?

Mainlining is a refreshing take on the traditional point and click adventure. The entire game takes place on the simulated desktop of the protagonist’s computer. As an MI7 operative, your primary objective is to gather evidence by hacking suspects’ computers and phones in order to facilitate their arrest, and to ensure that the courts have what they need to hand out the longest sentences possible. However, you’ll also have to make judgements on whether the case you’re working on is complete. Move in too quickly and you may miss leads linking your case to much higher profile cyber-criminals. Act too slowly and your suspect may detect you and escape. This means players will need to exercise all their cunning, judgement and skill to catch their suspects and those pulling the strings.

In excess of five hundred criminals are known to operate within your jurisdiction – where will you begin?

Mainlining is the first title from Sam Read’s Rebelephant. Having tasted success as part of the team behind indie-hit, Dream, Sam formed Rebelephant as a vehicle for him to work alongside some of the games-industry’s most creative individuals. To help bring Mainlining to life Sam recruited some award-winning talent:

  • Jared Emerson-Johnson (musician whose work includes Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Game of Thrones and more)
  • Jill Murray (writer behind Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation and most recently Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate)
  • Dave Grey (an extraordinary pixel artist whose previous collaborations include the likes of Microsoft and HBO)

*New for Nintendo Switch*

  • Bespoke keyboard input system helps you crack the case!
  • Now includes touchscreen support for an immersive experience.

Mainlining is now available for Nintendo Switch and carries a price tag of $14.99 / €14.99 / £11.99. Customers who purchase the game between today and July 4th will receive a 15% discount. Mainlining is also still available on PC via SteamHumble Bundle, and GOG for $9.99 / €9.99 / £6.99.