It’s pretty surprising that ATLUS would do something like this, but they will be publishing the next Tex Murphy game which was initially funded on Kickstarter a few months ago. Looks like ATLUS is going to help them take care of the publishing responsibilities. Hopefully this works out good for everyone involved.

From the press release:

    Things can get rough in post-WWIII apocalyptic San Francisco on a gumshoe like Tex Murphy, and ATLUS and Big Finish Games are making sure of it by partnering to publish Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure. The sixth installment in the legendary PC adventure game series started as a Kickstarter project, and the partnership with ATLUS will help Big Finish Games more fully develop their vision for the first Tex Murphy outing this millennium.

    Tesla Effect revives the glory years of PC adventure games with a return to the full-motion video (FMV) game genre. Known for its sardonic humor, Tesla Effect will be the first Tex Murphy game since 1998. ATLUS and Big Finish Games will release Tesla Effect on Steam and other PC platforms worldwide in early 2014. Tesla Effect will also be Mac compatible.

    “The Tex Murphy franchise is definitely much beloved around the ATLUS office; a lot of us were playing Tex games before we started our careers in the games industry,” said Bill Alexander, vice president of production and business development. “ATLUS has a great penchant for stepping in to help developers bring their incredible games to market, and we are eager to breathe new life into this classic franchise. We hope that it will bring back fond memories for Tex Murphy fans as well as introduce a new generation of gamers to his one-of-a-kind humor.”

    Tesla Effect begins with Tex Murphy – the down-on-his-luck gumshoe in the post-apocalyptic future-regaining consciousness on the fire escape next to his office with a gaping head wound and an injection mark on his arm. With the last seven years of his life wiped from memory, the private eye has no choice but to figure who was behind the mysterious attack and why.

    “The success of the Tex Murphy Kickstarter proved to us that fans were still out in the world, craving the nostalgic adventure gaming the series is known for,” said Ryan Jones, Big Finish Games. “By partnering with ATLUS, we’re going to bring the magic of Tex to a global audience in a big way. Their continued support will help us deliver the most exciting Tex Murphy adventure yet.”

    Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure will release on Steam beginning early 2014. The single-player adventure game will feature full-motion video. The game is not yet rated by the ESRB.