Yoko Taro, Satoshi Kon, And Kentucky Route Zero Are Inspirations For This Gorgeous Sci-Fi Adventure 1

Yoko Taro, Satoshi Kon, And Kentucky Route Zero Are Inspirations For This Gorgeous Sci-Fi Adventure

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If you have a weakness for gorgeous aesthetics, then 1000xRESIST might just be the game for you. The debut game from Canadian studio Sunset Visitor is coming to Switch and PC in mid-2023, and it looks absolutely stunning.

Revealed by publisher Fellow Traveller, 1000xRESIST brings together all sorts of creators from fields of theatre, dance, music, and — of course — game development. Sunset Visitor is a studio made up largely of Canadian-Asian diaspora who have come together to share “this sci-fi story awash in the Asian diasporic psyche”, as founder and CEO of the studio Remy Siu puts it.

Our ears certainly pricked up when we heard that the game’s writing is inspired by Yoko Taro (Draknegard, NieR), Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Paprika), and Red Candle Games (Devotion), among some of the most experimental theatre directors such as Robert Wilson. But even just looking at the game is enough to make us fall in love with the concept. It looks unique and beautiful, and we have a feeling it’s going to make us think and feel a lot.

The premise is simple — “The year is unknown and the air is unbreathable” — so that doesn’t sound good. As a clone known as a WATCHER, you are just one of a handful of surviving sisters who all exist to worship the last surviving human, the ALLMOTHER. You’ll be forced to make difficult decisions as you uncover the truth of the history of the world you live in.

Not much is known about the game otherwise, but this summary from 1000xResist’s Steam page sets the tone:

1000xRESIST is a hyper-cinematic, narrative adventure. Shift through time. Experience the past, present, and future. Examine memory, identity, and inherited histories, whilst exploring dynamic environments, each with their own distinct style and feel.

The emotionally complex world of 1000xRESIST will push you to a series of difficult decisions, with multiple endings. Your actions will shape the fate of the next generation.

1000xRESIST is a game born of an eclectic set of inspirations, including the games of Yoko Taro (NieR:Automata), the anime of Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue) and Naoko Yamada (A Silent Voice), and even the theatre of Robert Wilson (Einstein on the Beach)— it’s Kentucky Route Zero meets Neon Genesis Evangelion, featuring a full voiceover by a brilliant cast of Asian-Canadian actors

Well, we’re completely sold. We’ll likely see more of the game early next year before its release, but we’re always ready for an emotionally devastating, utterly breathtaking story set in a sci-fi world.

What do you think of 1000xRESIST? Will you be getting your telescope out for this one? Let us know in the comments.