Minimal Affect looks like a spoof on sci-fi movies and games, specifically Mass Effect if I had to take a guess. That series is ripe for bit of satire. The game will lean hard into humor with a story that will take a continuing voyage into the absurd, and the short announcement trailer today shows off the gameplay as well as a cutscene. The art style is something that would please any fan of late-night Adult Swim shows.
The story follows the crew of the Star Alliance Balding Eagle on her maiden voyage. As you can tell from the trailer, things don’t go to plan. As the crew looks to their captain, they don’t feel the rocksteady assurance of competent leadership. This action RPG will provide new skills to learn and plenty of sidequests and combat, so maybe he’s more of the learn on the job type.
Rasmus Davidsson, the game’s Creative Director frames the promising visuals and story by saying:
“Minimal Affect is our homage to some of the greatest sci-fi RPGs, movies, and shows that we absolutely love. While the story is ridiculous, the gameplay certainly is not – this is a fully fledged action-RPG created in the art-style of adult animation you know and love. It’s a super galactic tale of space adventure, comedy, and questionable morality.”
Minimal Affect has my attention, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of this one soon. It’s releasing in 2021, so we have a while to wait. Comedic games are in short supply, because they aren’t easy to do. I’m still feeling optimistic about this one, and we’ll keep bringing the updates once we know more.