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Backbone game launches on PC and consoles in 2021

Developer EggNut & publisher Raw Fury announce Backbone is coming to PS4, Switch, Xbox One & PC next year.

Developer EggNut and publisher Raw Fury recently announced that their noir detective adventure title Backbone will be releasing on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in early 2021. To get a preview of this upcoming masterpiece, a free demo is available on Steam titled Backbone: Prologue. Which will allow you to play through the first act of the game. Backbone got a Kickstarter in 2018, which was largely successful, and now fans and backers get the first look at its reveal trailer. You can check it out below.

What is Backbone’s game synopsis?

Set in a dystopian version of Vancouver, Backbone is a noir adventure that explores mature themes in a city of anthropomorphic animals where species dictates social class. The game’s main themes are power, systemic discrimination and mortality. As it sees you playing as Howard Lotor, a raccoon detective whose life is a tedious one, with him simply moving through day to day while ignoring the abuses of the authoritative regime in power. Like most others, he’s become compliant to the systematic inequality that defines this society.

However, while working a routine missing person case, Howard stumbles upon something that causes him to question the world around him and thrusts him into a disturbing hunt for the truth. With the city completely walled off, players will need to traverse through the diverse districts in search of clues, evidence, and to find witnesses to investigate. From there, it’s up to you to decide what lead you’ll follow.

What is Backbone’s game mechanics like?

The description of the game is one that is a blending of cinematic adventure. And immersive branching dialogue inspired by classic CRPGs. There’s exploration, heavily dialogue-driven storytelling, and even some stealth elements with each character animated frame by frame. Also, as you can see from the trailer, the art style is pretty incredible. It’s dark, atmospheric, moody, with handcrafted environments. And delivers a unique universe based on the real Vancouver, brought to life with a stunning modern pixel art aesthetic. And an original dark jazz soundtrack. In terms of game mechanics, it’s a new take on the point-and-click adventure genre. Featuring stealth, exploration, and extensive branching dialogues with the interrogation of important characters in the story. It is after all your task to uncover the potential power of new and unruly technology while in the confines of the walled city. 

Unfortunately, the game is not coming to PC and consoles until early 2021. However, for those really interested, you can grab the prologue from Steam right now. To date, the demo has been downloaded over 130,000 times. So clearly it’s doing something right.

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