Digixart, the developer behind acclaimed World War 1 narrative adventure 11-11: Memories Retold, has offered a first look at its “crazy, beautiful” procedural road trip game, Road 96.
Road 96 is a story about journeying toward freedom during a long, hot summer in the mid-90s, and sets players off on an adventure across the authoritarian nation of Petria (giving off some distinct Route 66 vibes) as they attempt to reach the border and start a new life.
“On this risky road trip to the border,” explains Digixart on Road 96’s newly launched Steam page, “you’ll meet incredible characters, and discover their intertwined stories and secrets in an ever-evolving adventure. But every mile opens up a choice to make. Your decisions will change your adventure, change the people you meet, maybe even change the world.”
The ensuing journey – one that appears to assemble itself anew with each attempt at escape – is inspired by the movies of Tarantino, The Coen Brothers, and Bong Joon-ho, and plays out to an accompaniment of 90s hits. Digixart promises a blend of “action, exploration, contemplative melancholy, human encounters, and wacky situations” along the way.
It’s certainly an intriguing, not to mention structurally ambitious, premise, and the whole thing looks wonderfully atmospheric in its announcement trailer. So far, Road 96 (not the first road trip adventure to be unveiled during last night’s Game Awards, as it happens) is currently confirmed for PC and will release some time in 2021.