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Surreal indie RPG YIIK is finally out next month

The long-awaited YIIK: A Postmodern RPG (as in Y2K) will be out on Steam next month, developer Ackk Studios has announced.

As you can tell from a new trailer, above, it's going to be utterly bizarre. It's "a Japanese-style RPG developed by Americans", and it's set in a twisted version of Earth in the '90s with "yammering skulls, tortoise samurais and living stop signs".

Throughout its 30-hour campaign you'll face platforming sections, minigames and puzzles. The combat is turn-based, and you'll fight through both story dungeons and randomly-generated dungeons that give you extra chances to level up.

The story focuses on "eight strangers, a mysterious woman who vanishes in an elevator, and the supernatural". Tyler spoke to the development team in 2015 and realised it was inspired by the story of Elisa Lam, a Canadian student who was found dead in LA in 2013. 

When Tyler published that interview, the game was set to release later in 2015, so clearly a January release is the result of a long series of delays—I'm sure the game is all the better for it.

The Steam page is here. It's out January 17. 

Samuel is a long-time PC Gamer freelancer who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. You can find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.