There’s going to be one hell of a hangover after this one
After giving us the truly special Oxenfree, developer Night School Studio has announced its next game, and it’s looking no less interesting. Afterparty pits you in a drinking contest against the Devil himself. Sounds easy? Have you learned from Cuphead?
The game follows Milo and Lola, who’ve been best mates pretty much their whole lives, as they find themselves quite dead and set to face an eternity in Hell. Lucky for them, though, there is one way to get out of this grim afterlife, or so they’re told: by outdrinking the Devil. But to do so they’ll need to find a way into his private afterparty. You play as both Milo and Lola as they go on one massive bender through the underworld, meeting all sorts of characters and getting into all kinds of trouble. The best part? The pair don’t even know what they did to end up in Hell in the first place.
Devil’s in the details
Now, this isn’t entirely your flames-and-pitchfork sort of Hell. The developer has spoken about how it’s making each area you visit unique, each drawing from different religions and beliefs about the afterlife. As in Oxenfree before it, player choice will also be at the forefront of this game, with the developer promising that how you spend time in the game’s various areas will be entirely your decision. We’re hoping for a similar real-time branching dialogue system to the one seen in Oxenfree – it worked brilliantly there. We also expect to do some clever problem solving along the way, probably involving copious amounts of alcohol. And, unlike in real life, in Hell using alcohol to solve your problems is a smart idea, with drinks giving you supernatural abilities that will ensure Milo and Lola are the life and soul of the party. Well, the soul, at least.
Given Night School Studio’s knack for storytelling, creating characters, and devising some top-notch puzzles, there’s every reason to suspect Afterparty will be one incredible follow-up to Oxenfree. Certainly, the novelty of the bar-hopping premise has our attention. There’s been no announcement yet on a release date or platforms, and while PC seems a sure thing, we’re not so sure about consoles. But based on everything released so far, this is one party you won’t want to miss.
He might look imposing but we’re sure he does a mean mojito. Or more likely a flaming Sambuca. Format PC Developer Night School Studio Publisher Night School Studio ETA Summer 2019
It might be Hell, but it looks like a great place for a night out. And you’ll probably encounter fewer goblins here than we do in our local.