Hello, I’m Bryant Cannon, the sport director for Oxenfree II: Misplaced Alerts, and we’re so excited to lastly share that the sport will launch on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 on July 12, 2023.
For those who’re not aware of Oxenfree II: Misplaced Alerts, then enable me to color an image for you. Welcome to Camena: a small coastal city that’s at present experiencing unnaturally occurring electromagnetic waves which might be interfering with electrical and radio gear. TVs activate and off. Planes lose radar. Radio stations can’t broadcast by the static. You recognize, issues that each quaint city within the Pacific Northwest has to take care of.
Enter Riley Poverly, an environmental researcher who begrudgingly returns to her hometown to analyze these frequency indicators and finally ends up taking over greater than she bargained for. You, as Riley, will courageous rigorous terrain, encounter mysterious cults, and uncover unusual supernatural phenomena that threaten to change the world as we all know it. The way you confront these challenges is as much as you, and your selections will form Riley’s future – in addition to the very destiny of Camena.
To tackle the duties at hand, you’ll want the correct gear. Riley’s backpack is full of simply that: a radio, which tunes into supernatural frequencies; transmitters, which Riley might want to plant all through Camena with a view to perceive extra about these radio frequencies; a climbing equipment to traverse a few of the extra treacherous terrain in Camena; and a walkie talkie, which can enable Riley to speak with a couple of new characters alongside the way in which.
Let’s dive extra into the walkie-talkie.
Hiya, do you copy?
Those that performed Oxenfree are aware of its dialogue system and the distinctive radio mechanic that allowed Alex – the primary character of the primary sport – to speak with mysterious specters and manipulate her world. In Oxenfree II, we wished to evolve that concept. This new walkie-talkie characteristic places the participant in command of when and the way Riley will interact in conversations with off-screen characters.
So how does it work? Let’s say you’re trekking again from planting a transmitter up at Tootega Falls, and your outdated highschool acquaintance and work companion, Jacob, isn’t feeling too chatty. You need to use the left set off at nearly any time to open your walkie-talkie. Flick thru the channels till you discover who you need to speak to, and voilà!
To reply or to not reply, that’s the query
In Oxenfree II, gamers will form the story by Riley’s actions and dialogue selections, just like how they did with Alex and the characters within the first sport. Every determination impacts who Riley turns into, her relationships with different characters, and the story choices accessible at each flip.
Radio and walkie talkie idea artwork
The walkie talkie expands on this and opens up a layer of participant company; you’ll be able to select to maneuver the story alongside as you see match, relying on the way you interact with of us on the walkie. Not like within the first sport, the place you had been confronted with dialogue selections with the folks in entrance of you, you now have the choice to provoke conversations with walkie contacts at any time. These interactions mean you can uncover helpful insights in regards to the mysteries of Camena.
Or you’ll be able to fully ignore them. It has its penalties if you happen to go that route – however it’s your name to make.
Who’s on the market?
Along with a few of the characters you’ll encounter – like Jacob, and the members of the cult-like group Parentage (extra on that one other time) – the walkie-talkie introduces extra native contacts. If you end up caught at any level within the sport, you’ll be able to pull out the walkie and contact base with one among your contacts.
Not solely will you study extra about Camena, but in addition the non-public crises they’re at present dealing with.
A kind of characters is Maria, the DJ for the student-run radio station at Camena Excessive. While you tune into her radio present, she gives to provide recommendation to listeners on channel eight. For those who select to contact her, she might even ask you for recommendation, and serving to her might change what sorts of music you hear on Camena Excessive Radio.
One other character you’ll make contact with (or reasonably, he’ll contact you) is Nick, a sailor who, in his personal phrases, “has been all up and down the shoreline.” For those who resolve to assist Nick with a small favor, he’ll provide precious perception into the unusual occurrences round Camena. You may additionally want to assist him down the street as he grapples together with his personal supernatural scenario.
A coming-of-age story
Within the midst of the supernatural occasions surrounding them, Riley and her walkie contacts should additionally confront the seemingly unusual influence of on a regular basis life and the alternatives all of us make about who we need to be.
Have been the life selections Riley made the correct ones for her? Is she who she actually desires to be?
Just like the kids within the authentic Oxenfree, your walkie contacts are making pivotal choices about their lives: Ought to Maria share a secret that would without end change a friendship? Ought to Nick take a leap of religion? As Riley, you’ll join with them on the walkie and speak by all of it – private points and terrifying ghosts and cults alike. Identical to on a regular basis life.
We are able to’t for you all to dive into the happenings in Camena when Oxenfree II: Misplaced Alerts launches on July 12. Pre-orders are actually stay on PlayStation Retailer for 25% off.