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Kentucky Route Zero act three is "significantly more involved" than previous acts, has no firm release date

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From the outside, the Cardboard Computer had appeared dormant. The developers of lovely episodic adventure Kentucky Route Zero have been quiet on the status of Act III, refusing to divulge the episode's release status. Now, in a recent progress update on its progress, the studio has explained their silence, noting any previously planned launch dates had always been missed. As a result, the team are following game development trick #32: if you never announce a release date, it can never be delayed.


The Best Free Games of the Week

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Damn near every retailer is holding some sort of mega sale at the moment, but if there's one thing better than cheap games, it's free games, and this week saw a bumper crop of fun, weird titles released for precisely no-monies. Read on for the best piece of theatre I've ever played, a stunning sci-fi glitchfest, theft of the highest order, Driver from Drive's favourite browser game (probably), and a game where oh God what have you done. Enjoy!


Kentucky Route Zero Act II is suddenly out now

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The second episode of Cardboard Computer's sorta-adventure-game has finally released, only a month or so after it was originally supposed to. The devs marked the occasion by shouting from the rooftops and releasing a series of fireworks - oh, they issued a quiet tweet instead. If you own the game on Steam, you should find that it's automatically been updated to include its second act; if you bought it via other means, you've likely just been handed a download link. Either way, the subterranean Kentucky Route Zero has just been excavated a little more, though it's probably just as opaque as ever.


Kentucky Route Zero's next episode delayed a couple of weeks

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It's that sad, age-old tale of a traveler never making it to his final destination. Or, in this case, the second part of an atmospheric adventure game not reaching its intended recipients in time. Cardboard Computer have announced, via email newsletter, that part two has been delayed by "a couple of weeks" - but to make up for it, they'll be releasing "small/weird screenshots" regularly on social media till then.


Kentucky Route Zero Episode 2 descends in April, leading up to "tragic" finale in January

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The first part of Cardboard Computer's magically real, really magic Kentucky Route Zero has been out for a while now, and if you liked it as much as we did, you were probably wondering when the second episode would be released. Wonder no more - well, wonder a little bit - because the next part's set for sometime this April. Speaking to Joystiq, CC also revealed that the story is "a tragedy", so don't expect it to end with a freeze-frame laughing shot like the final scene of any episode of Murder She Wrote.


Kentucky Route Zero now available on Steam

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The evocative adventure game Kentucky Route Zero has appeared on Steam, thanks to the support of dedicated Greenlight voters. For £17.09 you can pre-order the game's full five acts, receiving the currently released first part right now.

The game is currently 10% off, down from its regular £18.99 price point. Deal hunters should note that buying direct from the developers is actually cheaper, with the asked for $22.50 translating to just under £15. Thanks exchange rate! Both sale prices are due to end on March 1st.


Kentucky Route Zero devs release Limits & Demonstrations, a free interactive art exhibition

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If you're eagerly awaiting Act II of the magically real Kentucky Route Zero, then you're going to want to download Limits & Demonstrations, a strange, small, free interactive installation described on the website as a "retrospective exhibition of work by pioneering installation artist Lula Chamberlain, [comprising] a diagonal slice through time, space and form." As with sandwiches, it seems diagonal slicing is the done thing when it comes to carving up dimensions.


Kentucky Route Zero interview: choice and introspection in the magic realist adventure

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Kentucky Route Zero is a poetic point-and-click adventure featuring dreamscapes, predatory debt and, a few episodes down the line, a gigantic eagle. It's a delicately balanced title whose Kickstarter roots serve to echo two of the game's key themes - financial limitations and connecting with others. After reviewing the game, I got in touch with developer Jake Elliott (with whose previous title, A House In California, you may already be familiar) and artist Tamas Kemenczy to discuss pointing, clicking, and channelling the power of bluegrass for an introspective exploration of people living on the margins of society.


PC Gamer UK Podcast: Episode 83 - Spacetime Knife-Fight Disco

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Graham, Chris and Marsh discuss Kentucky Route Zero, Dark Souls, Deus Ex and more in the latest episode of the PC Gamer UK podcast. Also featuring Increpare's Slave of God, NVidia Project Shield, Piston and your questions from Twitter.


Kentucky Route Zero review

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The first serving of a five course point-and-click feast, Kentucky Route Zero is an otherworldly tale in which an antiques deliveryman searches for an address which may not be real. The only way to reach it is via a similarly existentially challenged highway - the titular Route Zero. What follows is a meandering, dream-like journey through a rural nightscape, evocatively rendered in an aliased vector style and accompanied by swelling ambient score.


Kentucky Route Zero Act I released, get your magical realist adventure gaming here

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Games Set in Caves are the new Games Not Set in Caves - I'm calling it now. Between Knytt Underground, Double Fine's The Cave, Cavenaut, and probably a million other gloomy splelunking games, the humble hole in the ground has been getting a lot of love of late. We can now add IGF nomineeKentucky Route Zero to the list. It's a beautiful adventure game about a "secret highway in the caves beneath Kentucky", and its first act has just been released for $7.