The summer games are starting to be announced left and right, and here’s another to add to your busy schedule. Peaky Blinders: Mastermind will put you in the shoes of Tommy, Ada, Arthur, Polly, and others as you strategically manage to pull off a perfect plan. The game is a prequel to the beginning of the series, and you’ll need to stop a plot to eliminate the Shelby family business.
The gameplay is a mix of strategy and action. Just like Tommy, you’ll need to use your wits and team to be successful. The trailer shows you taking control of individual members and making an action. If you are spotted or unsuccessful, the game pauses and tells you to rewind and make another decision. Each person has a special ability such as being able to pick locks, brawl, or commit arson. Using all of these different abilities in the right place at the right time will let you reach your goal.
It’s a cool idea in theory, but isn’t it well-known gamer lore that licensed games generally suck? Simon Byron, the Publishing Director at Curve Digital, acknowledges that some games have this issue, but Peaky Blinders: Mastermind is not one of them. He said:
“There’s often scepticism about licensed titles, so we’ve worked really hard to ensure this is a game which stands within the Peaky Blinders universe, whilst bringing something completely fresh and original. We’ve lived with the secret for a while now. It’s such a relief to be finally able to unveil Peaky Blinders: Mastermind.”
To further ensure the game is authentic and something fans will appreciate, the developers at FuturLab have collaborated with Caryn Mandabach, the show’s Executive Producer and Steven Knight, the series creator and writer. Without going too deeply into their quotations, the general feeling from both is that they are very excited for players to enter the world they created and be a part of it from the inside.
While we only have a summer release window and not an actual date, Peaky Blinders: Mastermind is a very different type of experience that seems to be taking the original source material and letting you live and breathe with the characters in an original story that has the approval of the creator. They even worked with the band Feverist, a contributor to the show’s soundtrack, to write the game’s soundtrack. You can hear a song from the soundtrack tomorrow.
With all of this emphasis on creating something close to the original material, this seems like a very intriguing opportunity for fans of the show.