Final Fantasy 15 lead designer shows off No Straight Roads, a musical hack-and-slasher

The studio co-founded by Final Fantasy 15's lead game designer Wan Hazmer has shown off new footage of its upcoming musical action game, No Straight Roads. 

In the video (above) Hazmer and fellow co-founder Daim Dziauddin, formerly a concept artist on Street Fighter 5, give us a tour of the the new Malaysian studio and show off plenty of No Straight Roads gameplay. They're at pains to tell us that it's not a typical rhythm game: rather, it's a music-based game with big boss battles that react to the beat. For example, one boss lays bombs that will detonate in time with the music. 

You control an indie rock band battling against an evil electronic dance music empire. During battles, the music will dynamically shift between rock and EDM depending on how well you're performing—press forward for a big attack and you'll like hear guitars blare. You beat individual bosses by hijacking their own concerts, and you'll come up against artists ranging from classical pianists to club DJs.

I like the colourful art style, and if the combat can match it then Metronomik might be a winner. No Straight Roads is due out in the first half of this year.

Samuel Horti

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.