With E3 on the horizon, next week will be an orgy of announcements about big games, but before the AAA hype begins, let’s take a moment to spotlight something a little more quirky. From Canadian indie developer EggNut, Backbone is a concept that feels like it could have sprung directly from the brains of LucasArt veterinarians like Tim Schafer or Ron Gilbert, while playing as a grumpy raccoon detective in a dystopian Vancouver populated by talking animals. Solve a dark mystery while resisting the urge to reach out and pat all suspects! You can check out the launch trailer for Backbone, below.
Curious? Here is the official description for Backbone:
Backbone is an after-noir role-playing detective adventure, where you step into the shoes of the raccoon’s private investigator, Howard Lotor, and explore dystopian Vancouver, BC, beautifully rendered in high-resolution pixel art. After years of small matters, lonely evenings and barely scratching past, Howard is swept into a job unlike any other before it. What begins as a menial affair slowly unfolds into something much darker, setting Howard against the oppressive, systemic hierarchies of power in the city itself.
- Post-noir dystopia – Backbone’s Vancouver is a dangerous place, gloomy and boring, but not without hope. It is a tale of a cold and existentialist world, interspersed with real connections and a battered but immortal drive to make a difference. Everyone wants to change the world, but not always for the better.
- Fantastic graphics – The fantastic combination of high-resolution pixel art and 3D effects such as dynamic lighting, pouring rain, volumetric fog and neon lights gives the sprawling city life.
- Encouraging and unforgettable soundtrack – An original soundtrack by Danshin and Arooj Aftab is cleverly made to create a cinematic, atmospheric and simply jaw-dropping soundscape. You’ve never heard of dystopian doom jazz like this.
Backbone is now available on PC (via Steam, Epic, GoG and PC Xbox Game Pass). Xbox One, PS4 and Switch versions are creeping onto the scene later this year.