Metronomik’s No Straight Roads gets a release date with a rocking Collector’s Edition
By Digital News Asia March 31, 2020
- Landing on PS4 and Epic Games Store on 30 June 2020
- Collector’s Edition includes a 10-track vinyl record of game’s OST
No Straight Roads, the rhythm-infused action adventure game from Malaysian developers Metronomik, finally has a release date. The game will be available on PlayStation 4 and the Epic Games Store on 30 June 2020.
The game is among the most prominent projects in the local development scene, winning – among others – the Grand Jury prize at 2018 SEA Games Award and Best Audio at the 2019 Taipei Game Show’s Indie Game Award.
Its developers, Metronomik, is a studio that has equally garnered attention. Its founders Wan Hazmer (pic, right) and Daim Dziauddin, have both been developing for high-profile, triple-A titles (Hazmer was lead game designer of Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XV and Daim was concept artist for Capcom’s Street Fighter V) before setting up the company in December 2017.
No Straight Roads is the first game developed by the indie studio – an action-adventure which real-time combat is timed to the rhythm of the music, requiring players to pay attention to the music as much as the screen. The game pits two indie rock band members, Mayday and Zuke, against the evil EDM empire NSR, who threatens to smother out other music genres in Vinyl City.
In order to get the music aspect right, Metronomik and its music director Falk Au Yeong worked with artists including James Landino, Andy Tunstall, Funk Fiction, Masahiro “Godspeed” Aoki, Az Samad and Clyde to deliver a soundtrack that shifts between EDM and rock as players progress through the game.
It is perhaps apt, then, that No Straight Roads will also be releasing a Collector’s Edition, which features a 10-track vinyl record containing a selection of tracks from the game’s original soundtrack. Bundled along is a 64-page The Art of NSR art-book, which features never-before-seen artwork from the game, as well as a set of No Straight Road drumsticks.
No Straight Roads was initially slated to be released in “Spring 2019”, but in June last year it was announced that the released would be pushed back to 2020. This followed an announcement that Metronomik would be partnering with UK-based global games publisher Sold Out to release the game on PS4 and PC, including a physical release for the PS4 version.