The coffee shop in the afterlife is finally opening its doors soon. Necrobarista, a stylish visual novel adventure from Route 59 Games, will go live on PC next week on Wed., July 22.
Set in the in-between of the living world and the afterlife, Necrobarista is set in The Terminal, a café in the alleys of Melbourne. In this little coffee shop, patrons can hang out with ghosts and necromancers alike. As apprentice necromancer Maddy, you're thrust into ownership of The Terminal and managing this way station between the here and here-after.
Necrobarista's anime-inspired visual style is readily apparent. In an interview with USgamer back in 2017 about the game's inspirations, lead designer and art director Kevin Chen drew throughlines to the works of animators like Akiyuki Shinbo, a director at Shaft that worked on Madoka Magica and the Monogatari series. But it's not relegated to just visual novel trappings like text. First-person exploration and various side events look to make the narrative feel a little more involved. It's reminiscent of modern visual novels like Danganronpa in letting you stretch your legs a bit between bouts of dialogue. Exploration segments also let you pick which narrative threads you'd like to investigate next.
Now that Necrobarista is on the other side of its delay from last year, it sounds like it's about time to serve this brew up. The PC version arrives first, and though there are PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch versions in the works, those will be arriving in 2021. Necrobarista hits PC via Steam and GOG on July 22, 2020.