Peaky Blinders: Mastermind, A Game Based On The Hit TV Show, Is Coming This Summer

Take control of the Shelby family in a puzzle-adventure game coming to PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC.

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Don your Newsboy Cap and sharpen up on your Brummie accent because there's a Peaky Blinders game on the way. Publisher Curve Digital has announced Peaky Blinders: Mastermind, a puzzle-adventure game based on the popular TV show about gangsters in early 20th century Birmingham, England. It's coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC sometime this summer.

Developed by FuturLab--a British studio known for creating Velocity 2X--Peaky Blinders: Mastermind is set right before the first season of the BBC show. You'll join the Shelby family criminal organisation, as the game taps into Tommy's penchant for planning complex scenarios in his head: forming strategies and taking control of key members of the Shelby family in the thick of the action.

"There’s a point in the show where Tommy Shelby explains he has no concern for the past, nor the future; all he cares about is a crucial moment he recalls the soldier's minute," explains James Marsden, game director at FuturLab. "We designed our game around that idea, allowing the player to plan actions backward and forward in time, choreographing an ensemble cast of characters to synchronise their actions during these crucial moments. The player gets to feel like the smart and sophisticated leader that Tommy is, so we think becoming the mastermind will resonate with fans of the show and gamers alike."

You'll be able to rewind each character's path in order to achieve perfect coordination as you solve increasingly complex puzzles using tactics and stealth. "We were floored by James and Kirsty's original idea for a Peaky Blinders game," says Simon Byron, Publishing Director at Curve Digital. "At its heart, Peaky Blinders is a story about a family, and capturing the ability to control the Shelbys simultaneously across the game's narrative is such a smart way to bring the show to life.

"The mechanic they've created to allow players to directly control Tommy, Arthur, Polly, John, Ada, and Finn across one looping timeline opens up unique gameplay possibilities, stylishly brought to life in FuturLab's trademark gorgeous art style. It's a game that almost defies categorization--part action, part puzzle, part adventure, but all inventive."

Each playable character has unique skills.
Each playable character has unique skills.

The involvement of those behind the show has been key in the game's development as well. "Peaky Blinders has become more than a TV show, it has become a worldwide phenomenon," says Steven Knight, the show's creator and writer. "With the launch of the Peaky Blinders: Mastermind game we are inviting you to enter that world and take part in it, live in it and take your place beside the Shelby family as they fight for their very survival. You're going to have to be as smart as Tommy, as tough as Arthur, as ruthless as Polly. Good luck and remember, you really are a Peaky Blinder now."

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