Are you dying to play a cyberpunk game this year? With Cloudpunk, my list just grew to two titles that fit that description. The story takes place in the futuristic city of Nivalis. It’s a blast of Bladerunneresque neon and synth into the eyes and ears of residents. Raina is a delivery driver in Nivalis, and this is her first time on the nightshift. The entire game unfolds over this pivotal night.
According to Thomas Welsh, the game’s Lead Writer and Narrative Designer, the game was a “dream project”. He pulled inspiration from narrative games such as Kentucky Route Zero, Disco Elysium, and Firewatch to create the game’s main story and 100 side stories. They are filled with crazy characters and their wild problems. There is the former star, Dolly, who has been replaced with an android lookalike. There is an elevator that believes its an elder god, a robot PI that only speaks in cliches, and your AI dog Camus has been uploaded into your delivery vehicle.
Cloudpunk has no combat, stats, or skills to unlock. It’s only stories in the city of Nivalis. On the PlayStation Blog, Thomas describes these stories and how Marko, the game’s lead, gave him an ideal writer’s job. Marko said:
“Fill this world with stories large and small – drama, tragedy, action, and comedy, and a cast of characters as weird and wonderful as you can imagine.”
Even though it’s not filled with combat, there’s plenty of conflict. Some of those stories will provide tough moral choices and give you a better view of the city from top to bottom through the eyes of those who live there, whether you are flying around the city in your truck or exploring on foot. Learning about them will be key to being successful in Nivalis, and your choices will impact everyone.
Cloudpunk is being developed by the small team at Inlands, and I can’t wait to see more when it finally releases. It seems to be filled with creativity and passion with unconventional gameplay, and I’m looking forward to soaking in all the cyberpunk vibes of Cloudpunk once it launches. We don’t know when that will be, but I’ll have my eye on this one.
Until then, check out the GIFs at the bottom, and the trailer at the top for a look at the world.