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Road 96 is a procedural road trip game about escaping a country in turmoil

One pleasant surprise from The Game Awards was the announcement of Road 96, a procedurally generated road trip adventure about fleeing from a tyrannical regime. Inspired by renowned filmmakers like the Coen Brothers, Tarantino, and Bong Joon-Ho, Road 96 is made by the team behind Valiant Hearts and Memories Retold—two great narrative games with a lot of heart.

That makes me extremely hopeful that Road 96 will also be memorable trip. Over on the Steam page, Road 96 says that "you’ll meet incredible characters, and discover their intertwined stories and secrets in an ever-evolving adventure."

"But every mile opens up a choice to make. Your decisions will change your adventure, change the people you meet, maybe even change the world."

That certainly sounds lofty, but I'd love to see how a narrative game mixes with procedural generation. You can see the trailer above to get some idea of how the game actually plays, which looks to involve a mix of driving, hitch-hiking, and maybe even a little armed robbery? Either way, it looks neat.

You can wishlist Road 96 on Steam.

Steven enjoys nothing more than a long grind, which is precisely why his specialty is on investigative feature reporting on China's PC games scene, weird stories that upset his parents, and MMOs. He's Canadian but can't ice skate. Embarrassing.