It's been a while since we last heard from Cardboard Computer, the developers of Kentucky Route Zero. It was back in 2018 with the release of the latest interlude, Un Pueblo De Nada—a vignette set at a haunted television station that's slowly but surely flooding from a mysterious storm—that we even heard a whisper.
As the episodic nature of Kentucky Route Zero stretched on, the longer the distance between Acts became. Acts 1 and 2 came out in 2013, two years after the 2011 Kickstarter campaign. Act 3 came a year after that in 2014. Act 4 came in 2016. Every Act in the series feels more distinct from the last, even though it follows the same ragtag group of drifters. Now in 2020, we won't have much longer to wait for the long-awaited conclusion.
Act 5 of Kentucky Route Zero is officially set to launch on January 28, alongside a suite of console ports entitled Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The full releases that include all the Acts and Interludes will be published by Annapurna Interactive. The Interludes will become available through Season Pass owners on Steam as well, as previously they were standalone and only available through Cardboard Computer's website.
Originally Kickstarted in January 2011, Kentucky Route Zero drastically overhauled its original art style ahead of its debut in 2013. Since then, Cardboard Computer has worked steadily on the episodic adventure for the majority of the past decade. In 2018, the three-person studio even launched a Patreon to further support Act 5's development.
Since its first episode, the magical realist adventure of Kentucky Route Zero has become a critically acclaimed darling. Even without it being "complete" in the traditional sense, it's the rare game where each episode can stand alone and shoulder-to-shoulder with the best games of its given year. Kentucky Route Zero will finally be "complete" in the traditional sense when it launches in its entirety across consoles and PC later this month.