Crikey, it's been a while since we mentioned Inquisitor. In 2009, Kieron questioned whether it could be a contender for The Witcher, the old-school RPG certainly pressing on similar buttons. Ten years in development then, and three years in translation since, they're now in an English language closed beta. It seems like time to remind ourselves this exists.
The game describes itself thusly:
"The game brings you, a medieval inquisitor, to a gloomy world full of heresy, betrayal and devilish plots. You will hunt for perpetrators of the most atrocious crimes and you will meet a lot of cunning enemies. You will find yourself in the midst of a powerful conspiracy striving to destroy even the foundations of the thousand-year old Empire. As one of the three main characters you will explore all the mysteries of this depressing world and gain reputation of a fearless inquisitor and a witch hunter. Carry out dozens of secondary quests and develop your potential in order to face the more powerful and dangerous enemies and challenges. And remember—everything you do depends just on your own choice!"
Oh, and on top of that, you torture people. You have access to a rack, a strappado, a pillory and an iron maiden for your inquiries. They also boast 1.2 million square metres of environment over 34 locations, and the threat of 100km of corridors.
The Czech release received some high praise, one site calling it a "masterpiece", saying it lasts 150 hours, but then giving it 79%. Tough markers.
Currently the team are looking for digital distributors, before they resume offering pre-orders - something they were doing three years back. It does seem at the moment that the beta is only open to those who did that then, but they tell us there may be plans to let more people in soon. Here's the three year-old trailer:
Could this be an epic?