What is Zero North Zero West?

A new psychedelic first-person experience is coming to PC in the first quarter of the new year.

The game or “experience” is called 0°N 0°W and seems difficult to explain, but coming from the steam page:

A cross-country road trip strands you in a mysterious town lost amidst the towering mesas and swaying dunes of the great wild west. Will you beckon the glowing call of its lone storefront and embark on a fantastical multidimensional walkabout through space and time?

0°N 0°W is the freshman IP of developer, Colorfiction. sold as “A first-person surreal exploration adventure of visual-auditory stimuli.” The experience is an adventure game in the same vein as LSD: Dream Emulator and Firewatch. The description suggested there are no objectives or restrictions.

It is selling itself more as an experience than a traditional video game. 0°N 0°W starts with the player being stranded while on a cross-country trip in a town in the Wild West. Once you get to town the game goes off the rails into a procedural, unguided adventure.

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The game’s visuals are stunning. It is seemingly a colorful labyrinth with no boundaries to hold you back. You have the freedom to explore to your heart’s content. Because the game is procedural, every journey is unique.

The Soundtrack is inspired by the avant-garde movements of the 20th and 21st century. It is a total of 7 hours in length and is included in multiple formats for your own listening pleasure.

The description of the experience continues:

  • This is a peaceful adventure apt for all ages; it was exhibited in the Children’s Museum of the Arts NYC to a great reception by children and adults alike.
  • Entirely non-linear gameplay in an awe-inspiring open world where everything you see is accessible. There are no barriers or invisible walls to block your curiosity; walk to the very edge of the world to see what happens..
  • A minimalist reinterpretation of modern gameplay mechanisms that eliminates loading screens, user interfaces, inventories, skill trees, stats, quick time events, puzzles, etc. This is gameplay distilled to its very essence with the sole objective to explore in wonder.
  • A randomized/procedural level progression system that provides a different journey each time you play. All the levels are artistically handcrafted with love, however, the manner in which all these levels come together changes continuously; giving each player a unique experience. So not only can you share and relate with your friends about the sights and places in this strange universe, but your journey is entirely unique

It certainly seems like an interesting concept. If you feel the hype you can expect it to release in Q1 of 2018 on steam.

The trailer for the project is worth a watch:

 

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Brody Wooddell

Brody is a Writer a Comedian and a Gamer. When he's not playing games or writing about them he's in the gym pumping iron or whipping up something impressive in the kitchen. (Currently playing Assassins Creed Origins and Shadow of War to absolute completion)

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