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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Release Date:
Jun 25, 2015

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June 22

Paid Playtesters Needed

Paid Playtester - 30 min. recorded session.

To help us with our upcoming Black Watchmen expansion: NITE Team 4, we are looking for enthusiastic playtesters with or without knowledge of hacking games!

The session will last 30 minutes, requires a webcam and the ability to record your screen in HD.

To apply for the job, please fill out the online forms here:

We are looking for people of all ages and gaming backgrounds!

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May 11

Welcome New Agents!

With this upcoming Steam Free Weekend (May 11th), 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.

Click here to join the free weekend >


The Black Watchmen Season 1 is the starter game 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.

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 pits you up against a memetic hazard that the Black Watchmen first encountered during Operation Silverspear. Untangle the mystery, and (hopefully) escape with your sanity intact!

Whitechapel DLC is the latest expansion in the Black Watchmen universe. An old foe, Mr. Whitechapel, has resurfaced and needs to be dealt with. His depravity is matched only by his intelligence, in a mind that has never been turned to the good of humanity.

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.

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 background story for Patient Alpha, including the origins of Morpho Medical and the newly formed Rhopagroup.


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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“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.


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

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