Crimesight, Konami’s new multiplayer social deduction game, is hosting a closed beta

Crimesight artwork

It’s elementary

Impostor games, social deduction, or Werewolf-alikes; whatever you prefer, they’ve been fairly popular in the wake of Among Us‘ breakout success. It looks like Konami is working on its own take on multiplayer mystery-solving too, and you might get a chance to play it really soon.

Crimesight is a new social deduction game from Konami, and it has the usual trappings of a social deduction game, but with a few twists. A villain and target are chosen at random from the various avatars at the start of each game; the villain wins if they eliminate the target, and the target wins if they discover the identity of the villain.

There are also a lot of rules for when a villain is allowed to carry out a kill: holding a weapon, getting the villain and target in the same room, and no other avatars can be present. Basically, pulling off a perfect crime.

The layout looks a lot like a tabletop game, but there’s a meta-layer too. Crimesight emulates a standoff between A.I. versions of Sherlock and Moriarty—yes, that Sherlock and Moriarty—as they tussle over the murder plot.

It seems a bit overwhelming, but honestly the more I read about this, the more I’m at least a little intrigued. Taking inspiration from tabletop games makes this stand out a little more than an Among Us knock-off might, and the closed beta will give folks an opportunity to see if Konami’s onto something with this. Instructions on how to enter the closed beta lottery are here, and open from June 23 through July 10, with the actual closed beta running June 25 through July 11.

Eric Van Allen