Hong Kong, April 16, 2019 – Tales of the Neon Sea, the story-driven pixel-art adventure inspired by cyberpunk genre staples such as Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell, is scheduled to debut on Steam April 30th, 2019.
The newly revealed gameplay video follows the storyline after the main character Mr Mist helping with the police investigation of a murder case in the backstreet, which was previously released as a playable demo on Steam.
The Chengdu based Chinese indie dev Palm Pioneer have polished and tuned the final product to meet the award-winning pedigree after 3 years of development. “We love the idea of a detective/crime type story within a cyberpunk setting. Like those classics, we’ll be looking at the relationship between humans and AI/robots, with the player solving crimes as part of the core gameplay. Of course, how we differentiate our narrative from those that have come before us will ultimately characterize Tales of the Neon Sea, and in this regard we’re taking a more light-hearted, humorous, and quirky approach to the genre.” says the producer, Tian Chao, “Creating detailed and attractive pixel-art and lighting it in unique ways is one of our skills. Cyberpunk and pixel-art tend to be a good match, so it made sense for us to proceed in this direction with Tales of the Neon Sea.”
The project was successfully funded on Kickstarter by 845 backers in August 2018 and has swept multiple game awards including Excellence in Visual Art at indiePlay 2018, and Most Innovative Game and Best Game Design at INDIE PRIZE Aisa 2018.
Tales of the Neon Sea is developed by Palm Pioneer and published by Zodiac Interactive. The game will be released on Steam for PC on April 30th, 2019, supporting English, Simplified Chinese, German, French, Spanish and Japanese. The game length is over 10 hours. Console versions are in the pipeline.