Exclusive: Help the Psych Boys Catch a Killer!

Psych fans are invited to help Gus and Shawn catch a killer — or (gulp) be the next victim — as part of a new social media game, TVLine has learned exclusively.

The hunt for the #HashTagKiller (HTK) kicks off this Wednesday at 3pm EST and unfolds over seven weeks, leading up to and beyond the USA Network series’ Season 6 premiere on Oct. 12.

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Created in conjunction with Psych‘s writers and executive producers, the HTK murder mystery — based at HashTagKiller.com — features original videos with the series’ stars (we’ve got the intro segment posted below) and interactive crime scene photos that ask players to pull a Shawn and spot out-of-place items and clues, all in the name of finding the killer.

“Psych-Os” can send and receive messages with Shawn and Gus, and earn points to ascend a Leader Board by unlocking bonus games and solving weekly puzzles and challenges. Fans can join in at any time, and even continue on in the event they become (gulp again) HTK’s latest victim.

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“This gaming experience further illustrates USA’s commitment to pushing forward and defining the concept of SocialTV,” says Jesse Redniss, USA Network’s vice president, Digital. “It allows our fans unprecedented interaction and engagement with cast, characters, show creators and other loyal fans extending beyond the on-air boundaries of the original series.”

Watch this first look video starring James Roday and Dule Hill, to see how Shawn and Gus first come into contact with #HashTagKiller:

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