By Jeff Neuenschwander / April 10th, 2014
Back around E3 2013, we reported on an image leak in reference to the next game in Ackk Studios’ line-up, codenamed Project Y2K. While nothing substantial came from it at the time, our eyes were turned toward the indie developer for their next game. It became clearer in November, when they said they would reveal their next game April 11th, 2014.
Well, April 11th, 2014, is here (in most time zones), and we have our first look at their newest project: a 3D turn-based RPG entitled Y2K.
Here’s a bit about Y2K from Ackk Studios:
When an erratically behaving elevator claims the life of a young woman, unemployed recent college graduate Alex Eggleston takes to a primitive 1990s message-board to find answers about the death of this stranger. His quest for answers leads to more questions as his research points him to a mysterious van the internet has dubbed the “Death Cab. This vehicular oddity roams the game’s city and countryside. Who is driving it? And despite the death toll surrounding the vehicle, why does no one seem recognize its threat? The “Mother series” and Haruki Murakami provides inspiration for the quirky characters and the through-provoking script. These elements come together in a dramatic and mysterious story rife with emotional depth to bring the player on a journey.
Y2K is said to feature many staples of the genre, which include “an expansive world, memorable characters, and an emotionally moving score.” It will also include elements of action and platforming, as well as randomly generated dungeons collectively called “The Mind Dungeon,” which will contain puzzles, story elements, and chances to level up outside of battle. The game will also have magic that can change conditions of battle (such as a magical stuffed panda that can take blows for four turns), heal, attack, and grant special abilities, as well as “Trap Spells” that trigger in specific situations.
So far, no systems have been announced for the game. We’re sure to learn more about the game in the coming days as our PAX East 2014 team tries out the game. We’ll let you know as more information comes out about Y2K; for now, check out images from the game below.
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