Let’s have another round!
Keep that tab open! Because Ysbryd Games and Sukeban Games have announced their point-and-click booze em’up is coming to the Nintendo Switch and PS4 in early 2019. In VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action, you play as the bartender Jill, serving drinks to citizens of a cyberpunk future.
With 24 drinks to make and serve, there are many ways to get to know Jill’s customers and the futuristic world of Glitch City. Some drinks will change your patrons’ lives. Some won’t. But there are no right choices. No matter what you serve, you’ll be taken down a different narrative path. Make your patrons happy, and they’ll tell you about their lives. “Discuss transhumanism with Stella Hoshii, a human who has cat-like genetic modifications. Debate the finer points of morality with Dorothy Haze, and android sex worker.” Both Stella and Dorothy are regulars of Jill’s dive bar.
Christopher Ortiz, co-founder of Sukeban Games, cites old-school adventure games as the inspiration for VA-11 HALL-A. But the game is far from the traditional adventure. Ortiz said the team wanted “to create a narrative experience without the pressures of obtaining a particular ending. Every story you hear is important, and drinks served to even the supporting characters have tangible impacts on progressing through the game.”
The art and music both work strengthen the game’s aesthetic. The bar’s regulars are “depicted in a cool, subdued pixel art style.” And Garoad’s “pulsating electronic soundtrack” comes in a jukebox-style playlist.
The announcement trailer comes with a message from Anna:
is the first commercial game from Venezuela-based Sukeban Games. On Steam, it has sold over 200,000 copies. You can catch VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action on Steam and PS Vita now. Or you can wait for Q1 of 2019 to play it on your Switch or PS4. The game supports English, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese.