The prequel to the critically acclaimed Road 96 is finally here! In Road 96: Mile 0, you play as Zoe and Kaito, who have set out to find out the truth their country is trying to hide, and do it through a unique gameplay with the new “psychedelic rides” mechanic. Do you want to know what is inside the minds of these teenagers? Allow me to show you how.
How do the game mechanics work and what are the psychedelic rides?
At DigixArt, we love frenetic rides and fast paced gameplay. With Road 96: Mile 0, we wanted to keep the core feeling of Road 96 – the key to its success – but add a whole new feature, something fresh that could please players who like more skill-based gameplay.
In one of our previous games, Lost in Harmony, we had a skill-based cooking mechanic, and we took a similar approach when we developed Mile 0’s “psychedelic rides”. The rides are designed to be highly replayable – there is a score system that shows your precision like rhythm games, but also some narrative choices and hidden shortcuts. But don’t worry, for the more chilled players, you can skip those rides so that you’re not blocked from story progression.
What is the message behind the psychedelic rides?
These “psychedelic rides” represent impactful moments in Kaito and Zoe’s minds: their fears, their joy, their traumas, their questions. Some of them are really dark and represent well what could not be shown in reality. They are all unique, crafted by hand, with wonderful composers and even famous licensed songs like The Offspring’s ‘No Brakes’ – that song defines a facet of Zoe’s personality at this moment of her life Before everything changes for her…
How do the rides change the characters?
Each psychedelic ride contains narrative choices that have a big impact on the “belief gauges” of the two characters. These moments represent choices that you have to make in your life – like a crossroad, would you go here or there? Do you prefer the comfort of your certitudes or the scarier direction of new beliefs? The rides offer this metaphor, and continue the strong narratives of the first Road 96 game in an all-new way.
What was the most challenging aspect for the studio when developing these rides?
Developing the rides’ gameplay was not easy – it was meant to be frenetic but still emotional. We wanted them to be challenging but not too hard for casual players.
We did a lot of tweaking, again and again, and day after day it became more and more fun to play. We are really happy with the result. We know it will be surprising to players but we hope they like this addition to the brand.
Road 96: Mile 0 is out now for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows PC.
Road 96: Mile 0
Road 96: Mile 0 is a Narrative-Adventure game with a musical component created by DigiXArt, the French studio behind the successful Road 96, 11-11 Memories Retold and 5 Pegases Awards winner. Published by Ravenscourt, players will alternate between the roles of Zoe and Kaito, two teenagers with different backgrounds and beliefs. They live and explore White Sands, a luxurious condominium where Petria´s elite reside and where Kaito´s parents work.
Zoe is one of the characters of Road 96. She comes from the rich side of the city and her father works for the government. Kaito, a character from Lost in Harmony, lives in the less privileged area. They’re good friends, but that could all change quite soon.
Their journey in Road 96: Mile 0 will challenge their friendship and everything they believe in. They say money doesn’t buy happiness, nor friendship. These teens are dreamers and they are going to learn where they belong. Will they remain friends?
ROAD 96 WORLD
Understand the previous event of Road 96 and what made Zoe flee from her home. Play as Zoe and Kaito to shape the evolution of their fate. Besides this, you will run into many of the colorful characters from Road 96. Get to experience another side of the troubled country of Petria.
IT’S ALL ABOUT FRIENDSHIP
This is a story about conflict and difference of opinion between two friends. Zoe and Kaito come from two different worlds, but they are unified by a powerful friendship. They will face many challenges, can they overcome them?
The musical segments of the game are a real emotional experience that put you into inner worlds of Zoe and Kaito. You will have to make choices and ride and dodge to find your way through these beautiful psychedelic trips.
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