Become a Secret Agent and investigate paranormal activities in this dark Lovecraftian universe. This Alternate Reality Game will have you explore complex puzzles in-game but also in real-life; interacting with real websites, companies, and NPCs that we created as part of our universe.
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Very Positive (10) - 80% of the 10 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (303) - 89% of the 303 user reviews for this game are positive.
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Jun 25, 2015
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October 28

Welcome new agents!



With more than 1,200 new agents in the last month, we felt it was a good idea to update you on the overall timeline of The Black Watchmen games and DLC so you can have a better understanding of our universe.

The Black Watchmen Season 1 is the starter game (with tutorial) where you play a secret agent tasked with various investigations into the occult.

The Black Watchmen Season 2 continues your investigations into the occult, with an advanced tutorial and more immersive missions.

NITE Team 4 is the hacking unit of The Black Watchmen. They are responsible for all intelligence operations including hacking, recon, intrusion and support during raids and live events.

Ahnayro is about the story of the BDNF gene and is part of the backround story for Patient Alpha, including the origins of Morpho Medical and the newly formed Rhopagroup.

Mother Russia DLC revisits the early days of The Black Watchmen, with The Secret World ARG "Gate 33" back in 2012. This DLC is about the fate of agent Msika, and also ties in with The Black Watchmen Comic Book.

Alone in the Dark Web DLC is the latest expansion in the Black Watchmen universe. It takes place after the events of the Black Watchmen Season 2 and Ahnayro.

If you want to read more about our universe and how this game universe came to life, you can also read our Almanac, an 84 page document about the creation of The Black Watchmen.

As always, you can reach us on Discord or in the forums. We are grateful for your support and hope you enjoy the ever-evolving Black Watchmen universe!
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August 19

Secret Mission: Hard



Independent sources at our Chitose offices have confirmed rumors of an important underground shipment about to depart from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Commercial Sea Port in the next 24 to 72 hours.



Track all intel that you can find about this shipment and send a complete report to central command.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR MISSION BRIEFING

Good luck agent!
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Reviews

“If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, The Black Watchmen is an excellent introduction to alternate reality games, successfully merging an engaging fictional world with real-world activities and challenging puzzles that are best solved collaboratively with other players.”
4.5/5 – Adventure Gamers

“The puzzles are clever, the storyline is engaging, and the eerie background music and creepy videos help set the stage for sinister happenings.”
5/5 – Gameinformer

“It gains a fantastic sense of a world, a real mystery to sink into, a web of secrets on the web, a sense of being part of something bigger.”
Positive – Rock, Paper, Shotgun

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About This Game

A PARG (Permanent Alternate Reality Game), like The Black Watchmen, uses the real world as its game world, blurring the lines between fiction and reality. You'll find yourself investigating in-game & online, using the web and interacting with websites, companies and NPCs we have created.

Warning:


If this is your first Alternate Reality Game, please take the time to try the demo. The Black Watchmen is unlike any other game on Steam. You will have the opportunity to complete tasks unique to PARGs. You must be prepared: There is no virtual world, and you have no in-game avatar. You have an agent name, and the whole web to investigate for NPCs, fake websites and stories that blend the real word with our fiction. Several times during missions, you will be interacting with real world entities (players, businesses, organizations, etc.).

You will not be able to complete this game alone. Only with the help of the community will you be able to rise through the ranks, and become a veteran agent of The Black Watchmen.

Pricing

You are buying Season 1, which gives you access to:
  • 25 in-game missions
  • 65 puzzles to solve
  • 5 hidden missions (unlocked by obtaining “puzzle pieces” or secret answers in-game)
  • Community sandbox missions

Season 2 is an optional DLC and includes:
  • 30 in-game missions featuring an expanded narrative
  • 82 puzzles to solve
  • 5 new hidden missions

The World of The Black Watchmen


The Black Watchmen are a paramilitary group dedicated to protecting the public from dangerous phenomena beyond human understanding: ritualistic murder, occult secret societies, and paranormal activity, to name but a few.

As a global organization, The Black Watchmen offer a wide range of skills and services for covert missions anywhere in the world, on behalf of any group, corporation or government that can afford them. Often called in as a last resort, The Black Watchmen pride themselves on their discretion, strength and efficiency.

To maintain objectivity in the field, you, as an agent, are never informed of the identity of the client. You are given only mission parameters and told how to distinguish friend from foe, but the lines are often blurred…

Gameplay Features

  • Gameplay: Different missions require different skill-sets.
    • Crack ancient codes and investigate bizarre occurrences
    • Join a squadron of soldiers raiding a rupture site
    • Hack through the virtual defenses of your enemies
    • Research an occult group and uncover hidden connections
  • All Around You: The game is played using coded websites, wikis and real world references.
  • Mission Hub: An interface that acts as a hub for information, mission briefings, puzzles, and more.
  • Agent Map: See the locations of your fellow agents around the world, and keep an eye out for potential location-based missions.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Latest version
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Screen resolution 1280x720
    Recommended:
    • OS: Latest version
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Screen resolution 1920x1080
    Minimum:
    • OS: Latest version
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Screen resolution 1280x720
    Recommended:
    • OS: Latest version
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Screen resolution 1920x1080
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