Established in 2004 and previously known as 'Phoenix Freeware Online', Phoenix Online Studios began as a fan group of King's Quest fans coming together to create an unofficial sequel to the series named 'The Silver Lining' having been granted an IP license by Activision to publish all 5 episodes free to play and receiving attention from publications such as PC Gamer, Computer Gaming World, GameInformer, Edge Magazine, GamesTM, Kotaku, Mtv News and Joystiq. Currently, Phoenix Online Studios is working on their first commercial endeavor - Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller, having recently released Episode 1 last October. The game follows a Boston FBI agent, who lost her brother years ago to a serial killer who was never caught. With post-cognition abilities, Erica Reed is able to see the past the past of the objects just by touching it, adding a twist in this paranormal adventure game.
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 intense finale, past and present converge when the details of her brother'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.