Necrobarista, a blended brew of visual novel and coffee barista adventure from Route 59 Games, will make its way to PC on August 8 via Steam. Console owners will have to wait a little longer, as Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 versions won't be coming until 2020.
The story unfolds from the perspective of various characters who visit The Terminal, a magical café in Melbourne frequented by both the dead and living. It's staffed by a necromancer who allows the dead a chance for a single day to return among the living. Scenes mix dialogue and free-roaming interaction together to create an interactive, branching adventure.
While Necrobarista is a visual novel, it foregoes traditionally 2D visuals for a 3D approach while adhering to a style inspired by anime and manga. A dynamic camera puts new angles on otherwise static scenes. Glasses shimmer and character heads tilt in that Shaft animation style anime aficionados will recognize. The idea is to create something that looks fresh for the genre, while still honoring the legacy that it came from.
“Necrobarista is the distillation of our deep passion for anime, video games, and storytelling,” said lead designer Kevin Chen in a press release. “We set out to pay homage to our influences while also creating something completely new and inventive." Beyond just visuals, Necrobarista will also feature an original score from Kevin Penkin, who composed for games like Florence in the past.
You can read more about the game in our feature from a couple years ago, exploring the unique art style and the team that came together to produce it.