Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller Adventure Game Series Concludes Sept. 19 with High-Stakes Finale
SAN JOSE, Calif. - September 6, 2013 - Three years ago, Scott Reed died at the hands of the Cain Killer, a serial murderer who targets siblings. On September 19, Scott's sister Erica will finally close in on justice in the exciting conclusion of Phoenix Online Studios' episodic adventure, Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller. Upon the finale's September 19 release, the full Cognition series for PC/Mac will arrive on Steam and GOG for the first time, with these outlets joining and other online stores where the series has been releasing episodically.

Cognition is a paranormal thriller with a graphic novel aesthetic, classic point-and-click adventure gameplay, and a gripping storyline. FBI agent Erica Reed has a secret weapon for tracking down killers: a "sixth sense" that reveals flashes of the past so she can piece together how a crime unfolded. When she starts finding clues at crime scenes that seem to have been left specifically for her, she suspects that someone knows her secret - are they trying to help, or luring her into a trap? In the series' high-stakes conclusion, past and present converge when the details of Scott's death are revealed and Erica comes face to face with his murderer. But during the final showdown between clairvoyant and serial killer, even Erica's paranormal powers might not be enough to stop the Cain Killer from finishing what he started.

The 4-episode Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller has been releasing quarterly since October 2012. Partially funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, the series was developed by a passionate indie team with help from veteran adventure game designer Jane Jensen (Gabriel Knight, Gray Matter), who consulted on the story. Cognition's long-awaited Steam release follows a 10-month Greenlight effort that amassed more than 25k votes from the gaming community.

To celebrate the season finale, Phoenix will hold an online release party and live stream at 2:00pm Eastern time on September 19. Fans who have been following the series episodically or new players curious about Cognition are invited to join the developers, Jane Jensen, and other special guests to chat about the series, adventure games, indie game development, and more. Additional details will be posted at leading up to the event.

Those who don't want to wait two weeks to dive in to this gripping adventure can visit to read up on the series and purchase individual episodes or a 4-episode Season Pass. For a full list of online stores that currently offer Cognition for PC and Mac, visit

About Phoenix Online Studios
Established in 2004, Phoenix began as a group of King's Quest fans from around the world that came together to create an unofficial sequel to the series. The resulting project, The Silver Lining, earned widespread community support and withstood two cease-and-desist orders to become one of the most ambitious fan projects ever made. After completing four Silver Lining episodes, the team shifted their focus to commercial projects with Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller and an English localization of Mad Orange's Face Noir. The team's next project is Jane Jensen's upcoming adventure game Moebius, for which they are providing art and programming. Learn more at