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Announced recently at the Microsoft E3 conference, "The Last Night" is a "post-cyberpunk", pixel art adventure game inspired by Flashback and Blade Runner that blends traditional pixel art with 3D composition giving the game a very cinematic look. While the game's website doesn't directly mention Linux, the trailer and the game's Steam page clearly mentions SteamOS as one of the target platforms.


The game is described as an alternate take on the cyberpunk genre, based on a 6-day prototype from 2014's #cyberpunkjam (playable on Linux), with the following text providing the outline of the story:
QuoteHumans first knew the era of survival. Then they knew the era of work. Now they live in the era of leisure. Machines have surpassed human labour not only in strength, but in precision, intellect, and creativity. Stabilised by universal income, people struggle to find their calling or identity, and define themselves by what they consume, rather than what they create.

The Last Night immerses you in the everyday life of Charlie, a second-class citizen living in a city brimming with augmentation and citizens living a gamified existence — none of which Charlie can experience himself due to a childhood accident. Apathetic and disheartened by the seemingly pointless world around him, Charlie is presented with an opportunity to take matters into his own hands. But at what risk?

While this does sound like an interesting take on cyberpunk, paired with tweets from a few years ago by one of the game's creators, Tim Soret, it might not be something everyone is entirely comfortable with. Rock, Paper, Shotgun has collected the relevant links if you want to know more.
No matter the influence or importance of those tweets, this sure looks like a game to keep an eye on.

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Tiedemann 13 June 2017 at 1:11 pm UTC
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Kinda looks like some pimped up Sierra game from the old days. Looks really weird and cool at the same time but I like what I see.


micha 13 June 2017 at 1:16 pm UTC

Awesome, most intriguing game of E3!

Totally reminds me of Flashback (1992)


jgacas 13 June 2017 at 1:19 pm UTC

This is beautiful!


nPHYN1T3 13 June 2017 at 1:20 pm UTC

Very Blade Runner, gorgeous for sure.


Ehvis 13 June 2017 at 1:21 pm UTC
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This was one of the games that appealed to me by the look they created. I had already mostly dismissed it because it was announced in the M$ presentation. Good to see that it may actually come after all.


bingus 13 June 2017 at 1:34 pm UTC
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You had me at Flashback and Blade Runner. I'm in!


Beamboom 13 June 2017 at 1:56 pm UTC

Oh wow - what a fantastic art style! And this is coming from someone who are allergic to the "retro" thing. But this... Seems to be just the perfect blend.

Let's hope the actual content is as good as the coating!


Leopard 13 June 2017 at 2:23 pm UTC

During the Microsoft event , two games got my attention.

The Last Night and Metro Exodus.

I hope Metro comes too , i have Metro Redux series and they're running great.


kshade 13 June 2017 at 3:11 pm UTC

Would be great if this site could just not parttake in the outrage-baiting "cleanse the industry of wrongthing" nonsense at all.


Doc Angelo 13 June 2017 at 4:08 pm UTC

I really dig the art style and the animation. I'm looking forward to it! It's a good thing that so many Microsoft titles are released and coming for Linux/SteamOS.

QuoteNow they live in the era of leisure. Machines have surpassed human labour not only in strength, but in precision, intellect, and creativity. Stabilised by universal income, people struggle to find their calling or identity, and define themselves by what they consume, rather than what they create.

I hope that this game does not jump onto the "Automation is evil!" bandwagon. Not that a medium should not be allowed to portray a possible future in that way, but I wouldn't particularly like it if the game world would practically send the message that automation and universal income are generally bad things. My point of view is that people will create even more, not less - while they have more time to consume the stuff other people created. I think FOSS-software, -art and -hardware will play an important role in such a future.


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