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Oxenfree Developer Night School Studio Announces Their Next Game Afterparty

A story about two college kids and their one crazy drunken night in Hell? Sounds interesting...

Night School Studio the developers of critically acclaimed indie hit Oxenfree have announced their next game Afterparty which is due for release in 2019 although available platforms have yet to be announced.

The game follows 2 recently deceased college graduates, Milo and Lola, who are trying to find a way back to earth and the only way is to attend the titular Afterparty and drink Satan under the table.  Which sounds incredibly bonkers and off the wall so I am intrigued to learn more about the game.

These screens are key art from the game which I’m assuming will be loading screens or perhaps taken from cutscenes in story segments.  So it is unclear how the game will look the majority of the time during gameplay.  Oxenfree has a very simple 2D pixelated art style but it’s story and substance narratively and gameplay-wise was what won critics over.  I myself haven’t played it so I can’t really comment further but it certainly received a lot of praise from other pundits in the industry.

This is a quote from Sean Krankel, co-founder and studio director of Night School Studio.
“I think it’s fair to say that if any of us turns up in Hell, our first priority will be to GTFO and get sloshed with our best friend. We want to give players real agency in accomplishing those goals.  Players can chat up demons and the deceased using a new dialogue system, challenge them to Satanic bar games, and drink from a huge menu of infernal cocktails, all with game changing abilities.”

Lola is voiced by Janina Gavankar, who played the main protagonist in Star Wars: Battlefront II recently, and Milo is voiced by   Khoi dao who was a voice actor in Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale.  Players will alternate between playing as Milo and Lola at different points in the game which will open up various dialogue options and story lines.  Afterparty’s version of Hell is a neon-drenched city full of bars and other places for players to explore and talk to other Hellions to open up their story lines and learn about their story and why they were sent to hell.  The developers say that they want to create a game that feels like a wild crazy drunken night and leave it up to players to decide how it all unfolds so that lots of people will have different outcomes and players will talk about their one crazy night out in Hell.
I’ll be keeping an eye on this one as it develops and keep you posted on any more news and updates on the game.