Bipedal Talking Animals Have Never Been More Ominous
It’s a good year for fans of great games about anthropomorphic talking animals. First Biomutant brought some stellar post-apocalyptic martial arts movie action to the table, now the upcoming adventure game Backbone promises to follow that up with a grim post-noir adventure. Players will step into the shoes–or rather, paws–of Howard Lotor, a raccoon private detective whose dreary life is disrupted when he’s swept into a case unlike any other. Now he must explore an alternate, dystopian Vancouver as circumstances force him into conflict with the oppressive, systemic power hierarchies of the city. This is a world where everyone, from Ape to Rodent, has a place, and the system will make sure you stay there–even if that place is six feet under. Needless to say, this game has an incredibly ominous atmosphere, and this dialogue-free trailer does a fantastic job of showing off that oppressive, smothering tone.
We really didn’t expect the game’s intricate pixel art, powerful soundscape, and oppressive atmosphere to work so well together. The idea of talking animals living in a seedy dystopian city suddenly feels a lot less funny. Let’s hope there’s an option to get Howard out of this mess intact.
Game features include:
- Explore the seedy underbelly of Vancouver, a world inhabited by anthropomorphic animals like yourself.
- Make meaningful connections with a diverse cast of characters in pursuit of the truth.
- Unravel a tangled mystery that will shake the roots of this modern dystopian society.
- High-resolution 2.5D pixel art creates a breathtaking landscape to explore, brought to life with 3D effects like dynamic lighting, pouring rain, volumetric fog and neon lights.
- Original doom jazz soundtrack adds to the game’s cinematic ambience, telling a story with every sound.
Backbone will be available for Xbox Game Pass for PC via the Windows 10 Store, Steam, GOG, and the Epic Games Store on June 8th, 2021, with console releases coming later this year. Backbone: Prologue is now available on Steam.
SOURCE: Press Release