Video game publisher SEGA has announced a new video game for the Nintendo 3DS handheld, called Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure, which is set to be launched during 2012, and will take players on an adventure in Paris, France.
The game will put gamers in the stylish boots of one Raphael, a thief in Paris that is known for his ability to steal important works of art and for the fact that he returns them unharmed a few days later.
When his father disappears the art thief must use his skills in order to find a mysterious artifact called the Wristlet of Tiamat to find out what really happened.
The gameplay of Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure will focus on unique rhythm challenges which will require the gamer to tap the screen of the Nintendo 3DS
, swing the handheld around and use the gyro features to sync the movements of the character to the music of the game.
The developers are saying that they will re-create the feeling of being in Paris through a combination of 3D maps and hand drawn animations, aiming to convey a feeling of wonder and mystery and show off some of the most important landmarks of the city.
Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure will use the StreetPass feature of the Nintendo 3DS to power multiplayer and allow gamers to interact with one another.
Gary Knight, who is the senior vice president of Marketing at SEGA Europe and SEGA of America, has stated when the announcement was made, “Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure blends rhythm, puzzles and a compelling story set in one of the world’s most exciting cities in a way that has never been seen before.”
He added, “This unique blend makes creative use of the Nintendo 3DS’ technology, offering an engaging, challenging and most importantly fun experience throughout.”