Jane Jensen Returns With Cognition

Jane Jensen Returns With Cognition

Gabriel Knight creator Jane Jensen is teaming up with Phoenix Online Studios for an episodic crime thriller called Cognition.

Jane Jensen [not to be confused with Jan Jansen] is pretty well known to gamers of a certain class and vintage. She got her start in the game industry at Sierra Online, eventually co-designing King's Quest VI with Roberta Williams before finally getting the chance to fly solo with Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers. It was a darker game than Sierra was generally known for but became a big hit anyway, eventually spawning two sequels. In more recent years, she's been designing casual online games for Oberon Media and writing novels.

But now she's poised to return to the genre that made her famous with Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller, "an episodic story in the spirit of Dexter and Heavy Rain." Erica Reed is an FBI agent with the power of post-cognition: by simply touching an object, she can see it's past, what happened to it and what happened around it. But now she's on a case with clues that appear deliberately left to be found by someone with her talent. Does someone know her secret? And what do they want from her?

Jensen is working as the "story consultant" on the game, which is being made by Phoenix Online Studios, better known as the team behind the King's Quest "fangame" The Silver Lining, and Netherlands-based indie Khaeon Gamestudio. Khaeon actually approached Phoenix Online with the idea for Cognition after playing The Silver Lining.

Cognition is currently in pre-production and the team has a Kickstarter campaign going to help cover the costs. For a buck, you get your name in the credits; for $10,000 or more, you can be the Executive Director on the project and actually take part in the development process. There are plenty of intermediate options too, for those who want to do a little more than the minimum but haven't won any lotteries recently. No release date is set, but Cognition is expected to come out sometime in 2012.


He's not related to Adam Jensen in any way is he?

Is it bad that I've never heard of this guy?

Andy Chalk:
Jane Jensen [not to be confused with Jan Jansen]

Baldur's Gate lols :D

But on-topic, this could be quite fun. I miss the old-school adventure games and Gabriel Knight was one of the best.

Awesome news! I am backing them as of right now. Supporting both a Dutch company (Khaeon) AND Jane Jensen? Instant win.

She didn't ask for this.

Andy Chalk:

But now she's poised to return to the genre that made her famous with Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller

She already had her return. 2010's Gray Matter. Definitely a Jensen type game.

A game about Erica Reed made by Jane Jensen
[insert witty deus ex reference here]

A game about Erica Reed made by Jane Jensen

All through the trailer I was waiting for a name like Alistair Pritchard or Danielle Sarif.

I'm going to start a kickstarter page to raise $10000 for these guys to be the Executive Producer.

Thanks to everyone who's donated so far! We're on our last 4 days now, and we've reached over 30K already! So there's still time to get in on the rewards :)


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