It’s late at night here after an evening of thunder, lightning, and getting rained on riding my bicycle here in my nondescript part of the States and as an over-21 Legal Adult™, I don’t know about you all, but nights like this, all I need to be content with myself is a good drink, ideally with a little spice, if you catch my drift, and, I don’t know, some decent background noise and a good companion or two for conversation.
Luckily for me and the rest of you who agree with that sentiment regardless of whether you’re old enough to actually legally fulfill such whimsies, indie developer Sukeban Games plans to cover at least two of these points —possibly all three if you’re okay with the drinks of the distinctly digital variety— with its forthcoming PC-98-esque adventure game VA-11 Hall-A, otherwise read more plainly as “Valhalla.”
In a nutshell, players are put in the shoes of Gillian, the bartender behind the eponymous VA-11 Hall-A, an establishment set in a futuristic urban hellhole, serving drink orders as customers come in for a little imbibing. Depending on how well the player manages to recall recipes and fix up drinks according to their clientèle’s preferences, the conversations change, as does the overall plotline relative to the player’s overall competence.
Check out the trailer below.
Those interested can learn more about the game on its official website here and the development blog here. Set for a tentative December release this year with at least PC, Mac, and Linux versions with others being planned, pre-orders are currently open to get the full game for half off at $5. Doing so will grant buyers immediate access to a playable prologue. The original game jam prototype that served as the experimental basis for the full version is also available to download for free on their website.