Necrobarista, the cinematic cel-shaded visual novel from Route 59 Games, is releasing on Windows on July 22, 2020.
Players will become wrapped up in a story of mystery, magic, and coffee. In a unassuming alleyway is The Terminal, a café that serves as a entrance between the lands of the living and the dead, where a patron could be either. However, there are strict rules as to how long a spirit can be in the land of the living before they are forced to pass on, meaning that live in the café is much more complicated than your average Starbucks.
Maddy, an apprentice necromancer, now owns The Terminal and all of the responsibilities inherit with such an ownership. This means that you'll meet characters such as the mechanics-obsessed teen Ashley, Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, and exasperated necromancer Chay among other characters.
While the game is a visual novel, it isn't just text boxes, meaning that the narrative is paramount to each scene, "with collectable keywords giving further insight into the characters and themes of the world." I'm not sure what that means, but players will be also able to go into first-person for specific exploration sequences, which is pretty cool.
“Necrobarista is an extra-caffeinated blend of our love for games, anime, and our hometown,” said Kevin Chen, lead designer, Route 59 Games. “The resulting brew is something uniquely Australian and we’re thrilled to finally serve up our magical world and immerse everyone in coffee puns when the game launches on Steam for PC next week.”
If Necrobarista strikes your fancy, it'll be available for $19.99 / €16.79 / £15.49 / $24.95 AUD via Steam. It'll be translated into English, French (European and Canadian), Italian, German, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Japanese, Korean, Russian, Turkish, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, and Dutch. Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 releases will be coming in 2021 as well.
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