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  MICROIDS UNVEILS THE FIRST SCREENSHOTS OF "THE A.B.C. MURDERS", THE ADVENTURE GAME BASED ON AGATHA CHRISTIE’S NOVEL
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11/17/2014
 


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Paris, November 17, 2014.

Publisher Microïds reveals the first screenshots of " The A.B.C Murders", the new video adventure game inspired by Agatha Christie’s novel of the same name.

Following extensive graphics research, the game - which is part of Microïds adventure game catalogue - has been developed with a very distinctive visual style. While remaining faithful to Christie’s Poirot and his typical environment, " The A.B.C. Murders" brings a modern touch never before seen in a video game adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel. In addition to these exciting new visuals, players will find all the essential ingredients of a Christie mystery.

"THE A.B.C. MURDERS" IN A NUTSHELL

When playing " The A.B.C. Murders" , the gamer becomes Hercule Poirot, the most famous of Agatha Christie’s detectives. He or she will have to solve one of the most intricate cases the Belgian investigator ever faced. In a 3 rd person perspective game, the player will have to collect clues from the crime scene, check alibis and confront witnesses and suspects to catch the serial killer known only as A.B.C.


The story starts with Hercule Poirot receiving typed letters signed by A.B.C. giving the date and location of the next murder. A.B.C. is working his way through the alphabet, leaving an ABC railroad guide with each victim: A lice A scher is a tobacco shop owner killed in her shop in A ndover, B etty B arnard is a flirtatious waitress killed in B exhill and Sir C armichael C larke is a wealthy man killed at home in C hurston. Why would A.B.C. write to Poirot instead of the Scotland Yard or any reputable newspaper? With Britain panicking, the fate of the nation is now in the player’s hands!

According to Guinness World Records, Agatha Christie (1890 – 1976) is the most successful novelist of all time. Known as the Queen of Crime, she specialized in locked room thrillers and classic whodunit mysteries. Her 66 novels, 154 short stories and 20 plays have been translated worldwide into over 50 languages. And Then There Were none, Death on the Nile and Murder on the Orient Express are just some of the many titles that have been adapted for film and TV.

The A.B.C. Murders adventure game is due to be released in 2015 on PC, Mac, PS4 , Xbox One, iOS and Android in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

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About Microïds

Created in 1985, Microïds is an international publisher of multi-platform video games based in Paris (France). Today, it represents Anuman Interactive’s video game business in all its forms.

Managed by its creator Elliot Grassiano, Microïds keeps getting stronger and widens its large game catalogue with genres as varied as adventure, management, simulation and action. Through its adaptations of iconic titles such as " Syberia" or " Amerzone" on new supports or through its original creations ( " Dracula 5: The Blood Legacy ", " Haunted House Mysteries ", " Monument Builders: Colosseum " …), today, Microïds is present on PC, Mac, tablets as well as iOS and Android mobiles but also on Tizen (more than 20 titles are in progress), Xbox 360 or PS3 ( " Syberia " 1 and 2).

Besides its heroes and heroines from original creations ( " Syberia "’s Kate Walker, " Still Life "’s Victoria Mc Pherson…), Microïds also create new titles including other characters or authors from other media (comic books, cinema, literature…) such as Garfield, Lucky Luke or Agatha Christie.

 Microïds is currently developing Syberia 3 scheduled for 2015, responding to many fans of this cult adventure game series (more than 3M sold) who have been waiting for more than ten years.

For more informations, visit the official website www.microids.com , the Facebook Page www.facebook.com/microids , Twitter www.twitter.com/Microids_off or Pinterest www.pinterest.com/microids .

About Agatha Christie Ltd

Agatha Christie Ltd , a subsidiary of RLJ Entertainment, Inc., manages the literary and media rights to Agatha Christie’s works around the world, working with the best talents in publishing, stage, film, television and on digital platforms. Most recently this has included the global publication of the new Poirot novel The Monogram Murders, written by bestselling crime writer, Sophie Hannah. Agatha Christie’s 125th anniversary is marked in 2015 with a year-long programme of celebrations.

About RLJ Entertainment, Inc.

RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is a premier independent owner, developer, licensee and distributor of entertainment content and programming in primarily North America, the United Kingdom and Australia. RLJE is a leader in numerous genres via its owned and distributed brands such as Acorn (British TV), Image (feature films, stand-up comedy), One Village (urban), Acacia (fitness), Athena (documentaries) and Madacy (gift sets). These titles are distributed in multiple formats including broadcast television (including satellite and cable), theatrical and non-theatrical, DVD, Blu-Ray, digital download and digital streaming.  Via its relationship with Agatha Christie Limited (64% ownership) RLJE manages the intellectual property and publishing rights to some of the greatest works of mystery fiction, including stories of the iconic sleuths Miss Marple and Poirot. RLJE also owns all rights to the hit UK mystery series Foyle’s War.