Route 59 Games
Based in Melbourne, Australia
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Necrobarista is a gorgeous 3D visual novel about a supernatural Melbourne cafe where the dead spend their last night on Earth. Utilizing a unique anime-inspired aesthetic, Necrobarista places a focus on the usage of animation and cinematography to provide a cinematic experience that draws players into a visually and narratively captivating adventure. Through a series of vignettes, Necrobarista presents a story told from the viewpoints of a diverse cast of characters, and explores the supernatural underworld of Melbourne's cafe scene.
In 2015, we created "Project Ven," an experimental narrative game in Unity 3D which won the "Best Narrative" award at Freeplay 2015. After developing two more internal prototypes, we received sponsorship from Film Victoria and RMIT's New Enterprise Investment Fund, and began working on our first commercial release.After that
We announced our first commercial game, Necrobarista, at Visual;Conference on January 14, 2017. In June 2017, we partnered with Coconut Island to publish the game, and in July at Chinajoy 2017 announced that Necrobarista would be releasing for Nintendo Switch as well as PC and Mac via Steam. In August 2018, we announced that the game would also be coming to PlayStation 4, with release for all versions of the game coming in early 2019.Now
Necrobarista is scheduled for release on Steam, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4 in 2019.
Necrobarista - Trailer (August 2018) YouTube
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Awards & Recognition
- "Indie Prize Nominee 4gamer TGS 2017" - Tokyo Game Show, September 2017
- "Indie Prize Nominee Famitsu TGS 2017" - Tokyo Game Show, September 2017
- "Indie Game Dengeki Online TGS 2017 Nominee" - Tokyo Game Show, September 2017
- "Paste Magazine 10 Best Games at PAX West 2017" - Seattle, September 2017
- "Recipient of RMIT New Enterprise Investment Fund 2016" - Melbourne, November 2016
- "Recipient of Film Victoria Applied Production Investment Q1 2016" - Melbourne, December 2015
- "Winner of 'Best Narrative' at Freeplay 2015" - Melbourne, April 2015
- "This is the most Melbourne game imaginable."
- Luke Plunkett, Kotaku
- "Before heading to PAX Aus 2018, we thought we'd check in with the Nintendo staff to find out what they are excited about. Whilst a lot of the staff mentioned the obvious titles --- Pokémon and Super Smash Bros. --- they focused a lot on one other game too: Necrobarista."
- Michelle Mannering, Nintendo Enthusiast
- "Stellar art design and a compelling cast of characters round out the title, and a dark, synthy soundtrack ties it all together."
- Holly Green and Dante Douglas, Paste Magazine
- "It looks like what would happen if Persona took over a coffee shop, which is to say, stylish as heck."
- Nathan Grayson, Kotaku
- "You know how, sometimes, games look so good you just want to eat them? You want to print out all the screenshots in glorious, glossy photo paper, and just put them into your mouth? You know that feeling? Yeah, that's how I feel about upcoming visual novel game Necrobarista."
- Kate Gray, Rock, Paper, Shotgun
- "[Necrobarista] features a striking art style, using 3D models and environments as opposed to traditional animation and static pictures for its characters."
- Joel Couture, Siliconera
- "It's full of dramatic pauses, sassy dialogue, and a lot of mystery"
- Kallie Plagge, Gamespot
- "Necrobarista is So Much More than a Visual Novel"
- Jordan Helm, Hardcore Gamer
- "I was struck by the quality of the writing in Necrobarista. It's reminiscent of games like 999, both mysterious, dark and sometimes humorous."
- Josh Speer, Operation Rainfall
- "A visual novel inspired by the anime style of the Persona series, Necrobarista oozes atmosphere."
- Kelly Knox, Geek and Sundry
Kevin (Hsun-Yu) Chen
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