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A serial killer is on the loose and private detective Mordred Foley must catch them before they strike again – this is what awaits in you in Dry Drowning. VLG Publishing and developer Studio V are bringing the visual novel (originally released on PC in 2019) to Nintendo Switch this month.

Capitalizing on the detective and film noir genres and blending in psychological elements, Dry Drowning will have you following Mordred Foley, a private detective with a troubled past, throughout the futuristic dystopian universe of Nova Polemos. This story-driven tale, akin to L.A. Noir and Heavy Rain, has over 150 story branches that ultimately lead to three different endings.



Dry Drowning features:

  • Choices that really matter: More than 150 story branches and three completely different endings.
  • Moral choices that impact character relationships and the game environment across a potential 20 hours of gameplay.
  • Elaborate clue system for investigations: Learn about the city of Nova Polemos and its citizens through dialogue, evidence, items, and character biographies.
  • Horror style interrogations: Use evidence to reconstruct cases, break people’s masks of deception, and uncover the truth with Dry Drowning’s “Living Nightmare” system.
  • Explore flashbacks and past cases to solve new ones.
  • Dynamic soundtrack with more than 40 dramatic and emotional tracks.
  • A balanced mix of Western and Eastern visual arts, casting light on a grim futuristic setting where cyberpunk and retro elements harmoniously coexist.


Intrigued? You can try out the first two hours of the game ahead of its Switch release thanks to a free demo for PC.

Dry Drowning is Rated M for Mature and will be available to purchase for $24.99 on the Nintendo eShop when the game launches on Monday, February 22nd.


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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)