With the critical success of Oxenfree under their belt, Night School Studio is going in a little bit of a different direction with their latest announced title Afterparty. The game now appears on the Night School Studio main page and is projected to come out in 2019. The premise is simple: you play as two recently passed college graduates: Milo and Lola. They aren’t exactly happy to find themselves in the realm of hell and hatch a plan to try to make their way back to the mortal world. That plan being to drink Satan under the table. While Corinthians 10:21 may indicate that “Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of devils”, that doesn’t mean that Milo and Lola can’t escape hell back to the mortal realm. Despite the fact that they’ll probably end back there one day, that won’t stop the pair from attempting to live their lives to the fullest… despite the fact that they are technically dead now.
As indicated by Sean Krankel, co-founder of Night School Studios and its studio director: “I think it’s fair to say that if any of us turns up in Hell, our first priority will be to GTFO and get sloshed with our best friend. We want to give players real agency in accomplishing those goals”. Lola and Milo will be both playable throughout parts of the game’s events, with Milo being a lost soul but a seemingly innocent “puppy” type. He seems to be the drinker of the two. On the other hand, Lola loves Milo’s nature and seemingly will go to the depths of hell for him. It’ll be interesting to see how Lola’s character is handled in Afterparty, as the press release indicates that she doesn’t even like drinking, but now has been thrust into a situation where she has to down drink after drink. The studio indicates that the adventure will be narrative heavy with outrageous comedy that “feels surprising and spontaneous”. It sounds like the wildest night out on the town, and a lot of the released artwork has a wonderful vibe with the use of neon colors and demon imagery.
Afterparty allows you to also chat up demons with a dialogue system and even challenge them to satanic bar games. Some of the released artwork may point to things like Karaoke challenges and the like, which may be enhanced by the ability to order from a menu of infernal cocktails, which will have game-changing abilities. While it’s not due to be released until 2019, it does pose an interesting concept and will be one that I’ll be looking out for when it releases, especially with the strength of Oxenfree under the companies belt.