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Announcing Shadows on the Vatican – Act III: Sloth coming to PC in 2023

Four-part religious conspiracy thriller resumes in new hand-drawn point-and-click adventure installment with redesigned graphics
[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]

Naples, Italy – July 27, 2022 To celebrate the first anniversary of its spinoff prequel Shadows on the Vatican: Nightingale, Italian developer Daring Touch is pleased to announce Shadows on the Vatican – Act III: Sloth, the highly anticipated next full installment of their classic-styled point-and-click adventure series coming to PC on Steam in 2023.

Corruption dwells in the darkness at the highest levels of the Catholic Church, as a small but powerful cabal is covertly pulling the strings behind the most pivotal aspects of Italian society. In the penultimate act of Daring Touch’s four-part religious conspiracy thriller in Italy, ex-priest James Murphy and a paid assassin named Silvia must put aside their differences and join forces to expose the “Suits” before becoming their latest victims.

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Shadows on the Vatican is a story of intrigue inspired by true events and freely adapted from In God's Name, the bestselling nonfiction novel by David Yallop. Alternating control between James and Silvia, players will explore a variety of beautifully illustrated locations across Rome, which look better than ever thanks to completely restyled hand-drawn graphics and redesigned animations.

The unlikely heroes will once again meet a cast of colorful characters and solve a series of challenging but intuitive puzzles to progress, with danger never far away. James must also confront his own demons from the past, and grapple with how to handle the mysterious stranger who may just know his inscrutable young companion's deepest secrets. Through many twists and turns, the relationship between the American doctor and the impetuous mercenary evolves into something neither of them could ever have imagined.


  • Inspired by true events and set entirely in Italy
  • Explore Rome and visit breathtaking hand-drawn locations in full HD resolution
  • Complete visual restyling, with new 2D models and redesigned animations
  • Classic-styled puzzles offer a challenge for every kind of player
  • Control alternates between two playable characters
  • Full English voice-overs (with subtitles in Italian, German, Spanish, French, Russian, Polish and possibly more)

Previously on Shadows on the Vatican

In Act I: Greed, American doctor James Murphy returns to the scene of his former priesthood in Italy. His plans for a peaceful vacation are disrupted when an old friend is injured and falls into a coma before sharing an important discovery about the Vatican. Believing his friend to have been purposely targeted, James decides to follow in his footsteps and complete the investigation through the clues he left behind.
In Act II: Wrath, the enigmatic Silvia is hired to kill the inquisitive American before he’s able to fully uncover the truth. The mission ends in failure, however, leaving Silvia herself the target of her employers’ new contract. Reluctantly joining forces with her former mark, Silvia must follow the complex chain of command to the top, and together the two uncover evidence of a ruthlessly influential secret lodge whose leader may just have links to James’s past.

The interactive short story Nightingale is a choice-driven prequel about a blogger with a knack for crime-solving and a mysterious ability that grants her a special connection with those who are suffering. Under the anonymous alias “The Nightingale,” young Elisa Flavi once used her talent to help a trained assassin, who has now returned with threats of violence if Elisa doesn’t shut down her blog forever – and with it the chance to help more people in need.

Shadows on the Vatican – Act III: Sloth is currently in development and scheduled to release on Steam for Windows PC next year.
Media contact: [email protected]

Assets and links
Official website
Press kit
Act I: Greed on Steam
Act II: Wrath on Steam
Nightingale on Steam
About Daring Touch
Founded in 2018, the collective’s mission is to support indie video game developers by sharing its broad expertise in various fields and providing a “daring touch,” that special element that looks beyond the status quo to promote ambition, creativity and passion in its partners. The group has collaborated on the development and publishing of various adventures including Detective Gallo, The Wardrobe, The Hand of Glory and the Shadows on the Vatican series.
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