Published on September 1st, 2020 | by Adrian Gunning

Discovery’s Investigation Discovery Partners w/ This is the Zodiac (Switch, PS4, XB1, PC)

Investigation Discovery, the #1 true crime network in the US and owned by Discovery, Inc., has partnered with global production and video game publisher Klabater on their upcoming game This is the Zodiac Speaking. The game will launch globally September 24, 2020 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC.

The collaboration expands on the previous partnership between Discovery Channel and Klabater which initially pertained to the IP Moonshiners. This is the Zodiac Speaking will receive mutual global social media and on-air support, and official merchandising. 

We are thrilled to partner with Klabater on This is the Zodiac Speaking to provide true crime fans around the world with the opportunity to dive deeper into their interest with thrilling true crime gameplay.” said Matt Bonaccorso, Director, Global Video Games at Discovery, Inc. “This expanded partnership allows us to serve passionate true crime consumers who look to ID for best-in-class television content, with a new way to learn about the Zodiac case and put their own detective skills to the test.”

We are very excited to welcome ID on board! This is the Zodiac Speaking is a great companion property to add to their amazing portfolio of true crime and justice shows,” said Michal Gembicki, Joint-CEO in Klabater. “This continued collaboration is great news for the players worldwide as game developers will be able to leverage Investigation Discovery’s vast and high-quality knowledge of true crime stories to make the game more credible. Not to mention that the game will receive massive visibility that only an industry-leading network like Investigation Discovery can bring.”  


This is the Zodiac Speaking is based on the story of Zodiac, one of the most infamous never-caught serial killers, and offers two unique gameplay modes: one that blends storytelling with stealth and action gameplay elements, and the other (Detective mode) that emphasizes immersive investigative storytelling.

This is the Zodiac Speaking is a single-player noir/psychological thriller based on the real story of a never-captured serial killer, referred to as “The Zodiac.” The game combines elements of classic mystery, investigation, stealth mechanics with multiple endings to discover. This is the Zodiac Speaking begins with Robert Hartnell, a San Francisco journalist, receiving a phone call from the mysterious Zodiac, greeting him with the infamous “hello, this is the Zodiac speaking.” This phone call will launch a series of events that take Hartnell down a dark path to confront the killer, and some of his own inner demons.

  • Discover the facts and evidence of America’s most infamous never-caught serial killer.
  • Experience the story from the perspective of a person who survived the attack of the serial killer, face your fear, and run an investigation that will lead you to the truth about Zodiac.
  • Unravel the details behind the murders, visit locations inspired by the original crime scenes, experience real psychological sessions.
  • Reveal three alternative endings, all based upon your investigative decisions.
  • Enjoy the atmospheric film music and original retro-inspired art style.
  • Travel to the vintage ’70s and feel the old-school vibe while visiting faithfully depicted California’s hallmark spots from the past.

Visit This is the Zodiac Speaking Steam page! This is the Zodiac Speaking is scheduled for September 24, 2020 on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

About the Author'

Adrian lives in Melbourne Australia and has a huge passion for gaming, technology and pop culture. He recently finished his a Bachelor of Journalism and is currently focusing on games journalism. When not writing and playing video games, Adrian can be found in Comics 'R' Us debating the pros of the DC Universe and cons of the Marvel Universe.

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