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Coffee-powered ghost story Necrobarista has a release date

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A couple of years ago at PAX Australia I had a chance to play a demo of Necrobarista, a visual novel about serving coffee, meeting ghosts, and playing with knives (opens in new tab). The setting is a cafe called the Terminal, a magic coffee shop that serves both the living and the dead. 

After five years of development, most of which I assume went into those slick animations as seen in the new trailer above, Necrobarista will finally be released this year, either on August 8 or August 9 depending which part of the world you're in (check your local version of its Steam page (opens in new tab) to find out for sure). 

Necrobarista's cool art, bizarre story, and strong sense of place made it stand out back when I played that demo. Here's hoping the final thing lives up to it.

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, and Playboy.com, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was published in 2015, he edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and actually did play every Warhammer videogame.