Peaky Blinders Mastermind
One of the more acclaimed shows of the last decade has been Peaky Blinders. Peaky Blinders Mastermind, Taking place just after the end of World War I, the series follows the Peaky Blinders gang, focusing on their boss, Tommy Shelby. The series has run for six seasons strong, and now you’ll get a chance to play through it in the new game,
When I think of Peaky Blinders, I don’t think of time travel. I don’t mean time travel in the sense of going back to kill baby Churchill, to stop him sending Chester Campbell to target the blinders. Well, I suppose I do mean that. I just don’t think about time travel in any sense of the word. I’ll be damned, then, if Peaky Blinders: Mastermind doesn’t only manage fit a time-travel mechanic into the game, but it also fits in with the setting and the whole license the game is based on.
Tactics. That’s precisely what Peaky Blinders: Mastermind is all about. For this preview, I’ve been able to get hands-on with the first three missions of the game and I’m certainly finding aspects interesting. There are things I’m not completely sold on, things I think are lacking now and likely will be upon launch, but what are these things?
Peaky Blinders: Mastermind is being developed by FuturLab in collaboration with the show’s creator Steven Knight, so fans can likely expect a quality narrative that will be considered canon to the series which has been on the air since 2013. According to the game’s official synopsis, it follows the rise of Shelby as he “uncovers a sinister plot” to put the Peaky Blinders out of business, which FuturLab Game Director James Marsden said will do a service to the IP by capitalizing on what makes it special.
The story of Peaky Blinders: Mastermind takes place directly before the first season of the show, right as the blinders have got back from fighting in the war. You’ll see and get to control a number of the characters you know and love, or not love, from the series, in roles that certainly befit how they act in the series. At least that’s the impression I get from the first three missions, which is what this preview is all based on.
It all starts simple. The boys are back from the war and Tommy wants to host a party to show that they’re back. We all know The Garrison has whisky, the blinders supply that, but this is an occasion that requires something a little fancier. Your very first mission is a simple one, go steal some champagne from the Gilroys, a group created just for the game.
When it comes to the opposition you likely won’t be facing off against anybody notable from the series. The setup at the end of the first three missions makes it look like you’ll be facing off against the Chinese, a small group of people quite friendly to Tommy and the family by the time the show comes around.
Peaky Blinders: Mastermind will release August 20th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch and PC. We got to sit down with the game’s Director to talk all about the story