Riley & Rochelle, the music detective game created by Rivals and Echo Beach, is inspired by an imaginative question: What if Celine Dion or Elliott Smith met and fell in love? Of course, Riley & Rochelle isnt about Dion or Smith; it's about Riley and Rochelle, two fictional 90s musicians from two totally different genres.
Tim Sheinman, the founder of Sheinman Games, told Polygon he was listening to a podcast on the 1998 Oscars, in which Dion was nominated for Titanics My Heart Will Go On, and Smith for Good Will Huntings Miss Misery, and he got the idea: What... if they fell in love?
Riley & Rochelle is a game where the player will read the musicians' works, write their journals, and investigate their lives to uncover who they were, how they fell in love in the 1990s. There are clues everywhere: within the original music itself as well as in other documents and journal entries. It's a different approach to the music detective genre that Sheinmans has been developing for years in games like Rivals, which follows an alt-country band, and Echo Beach, where music is illegal and tracked online.
Riley & Rochelle hasn't given a release date yet, but its Steam page states it will be released shortly on Windows PC and Mac. Sheinman said it's planned before 2023. It'll cost $14.99.