I’m Thomas Welsh, lead author and narrative designer on Cloudpunk, and I’m a part of a small crew that’s creating probably the most vibrant, weirdest cyberpunk metropolis ever seen in a sport. That metropolis is known as Nivalis, and in Cloudpunk, you get to spend one loopy night time dwelling and dealing there. You’ll make pals and enemies, go to underground nightclubs and gardens within the sky, meet the richest and poorest in society, and work together with people, androids, cyborgs, and people who blur the boundaries between all three.
Once I got here onboard to assist Marko (our mission lead) create Cloudpunk’s story, I had the best alternative any author might be supplied! I used to be offered with a fantastic voxel world that the participant might fly round or discover on foot, and Marko had only one job for me.
“Fill this world with tales massive and small – drama, tragedy, motion, and comedy, and a solid of characters as extraordinary as you may think about.”
It was a dream mission!
To assist me write for this open world, narrative-focused sport, we checked out story-based video games we cherished. Video games like Firewatch, Disco Elysium, and Kentucky Route Zero. Taking these as inspiration, I wrote an overarching fundamental story in addition to 100 little aspect tales for the participant to discover. Inside these tales, Cloudpunk presents some robust ethical decisions for the participant – decisions that can change the lives of the folks dwelling in Nivalis perpetually.
The primary plot of Cloudpunk follows the unusual lifetime of supply driver Rania throughout her first nightshift within the metropolis. I’ve all the time cherished video games and films that occurred over the course of 1 loopy night time: Die Onerous, The Warriors, Arkham Asylym. That’s the type of night time we wish you to have while you’re enjoying Cloudpunk!
Nivalis stretches excessive into the clouds above and plunges down via the ocean waves beneath. It’s neon-streaked and noisy, stuffed with jazz and synth-pop, and it’s nearly all the time raining. When designing the town, we had been impressed by motion pictures and video games, but in addition by actual locations like Shinjuku in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul.
As you discover Nivalis at night time, you’re accompanied by your grizzled Cloudpunk name handler Management, and your solely good friend is your AI canine Camus whose persona has been uploaded into your flying automobile.
You’ll meet many extra characters all through the night time too. Characters like BlockFourOh, a robotic gang pursued by the authorities due to their city renewal tasks. Or Dolly, a pop famous person who has been changed by an android doppelganger. Then there’s Huxley, a malfunctioning robotic PI who can solely speak in clichés. Or possibly you’ll come throughout Gorgothoa, a malfunctioning elevator that thinks he’s a reincarnation of a flesh-eating elder God.
There’s no taking pictures, fight, RPG stats, or unlockable expertise in Cloudpunk. As an alternative, Cloudpunk is in regards to the metropolis you discover and the characters you meet. You’ll additionally get hold of uncommon collectibles for supply, like vintage online game “cartridges” to promote on the black market, or digital tapes that comprise the deleted recollections of your android neighbor.
Life in Nivalis is hard nevertheless it’s solely by forming new connections with the unusual residents of this huge metropolis that you simply’ll make it via to the morning gentle.