"There is no hope," reads a banner on the website for Dustborn, a new title from developers Red Thread Games that just got announced at the Future Games Show. The statement might not be entirely true, but it gestures at the bleak state of Dustborn's weird world: armored "Justice" forces are in pursuit of Dustborn's cast as they road trip across what used to be the U.S., ferrying cargo that needs to get to the free land of Nova Scotia.
Developed for PC and next-gen consoles, Dustborn stars Pax, a pregnant black woman who must unite her motley crew and lead them through the Divided States of America with that mysterious package. To do so, they have to pose as a "folk-punk-rock" act... which, when you think about it, might not be the best disguise for a group of outlaws in a tyrannical state?
The trailer doesn't give us much of a look at the gameplay of Dustborn, but you can see how Pax will be able to use words as a weapon against her foes. A shout of "MOVE" blows back a gang of officers with the force of a good old, full-throated Fus Ro Dah.
Red Thread, the team behind the episodic Dreamfall Chapters games, have adopted a colorful graphic novel-inspired art style for this new adventure title, and some of the fashion looks a bit '80s fresh. The official site also features a steely-eyed portrait of an older John F. Kennedy, set against a backdrop of those Justice soldiers who're chasing after Pax and company. It seems like Red Thread's setting imagines a break from real-world events going back several decades.
Dustborn is aiming for a release in 2021. It's one of several games that packed announcements and reveals into today's trio of big livestream shows: we also watched a new trailer for Dontnod's Twin Mirror, got a release date for Cris Tales, saw a bit more of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, and took a first look at the next game from the creator of DayZ.