Sometimes, a weird game shows up in my email. A surreal, bizarre, indie game that I have no idea how to properly cover or talk about because I’m so damn confused myself.
I LOVE it when that happens.
0°N 0°W (also written ZeroNorthZeroWest, or 0N0W) is a first-person surreal exploration adventure being made by Colorfiction, which I recently ran into. The team just released a teaser, and if I was interested by the mysterious description of the game, I was engrossed after watching this:
A cross-country road trip strands you in a mysterious town lost amidst the towering mesas and swaying dunes of the great wild west. Will you beckon the glowing call of its lone storefront and embark on a fantastical multidimensional walkabout through space and time?
Experience a beautiful environment where nothing is what it seems, a cosmic labyrinth where doors always lead to different destinations, an anomalous zone where mass gingerly defies gravity, a universe of inspiration, of dreams, of everything and nothing
The game’s title is a reference to Null Island, a key location in the game. We really don’t know much about the game’s story, but we do know about a couple of it’s features:
0°N 0°W will feature entirely non linear gameplay in an open world. Presumably, this means that everything you see, you’ll be able to get to. Additionally, level progression is handled through a procedular system, randomizing and continuously changing your experience between playthroughs so you have a different journey each time you play.
0°N 0°W has also doubled down on minimalism. The game has no loading screens, no UI, no in game inventory, no skill trees, no stats, no quick time events. All of the instructions and menu options are being represented by symbols, which not only adds to the game’s mystery, but also eliminates a need for localization, as it’ll be just as accessible (or inaccessible?) to all geographical audiences.
Granted, this sounds like a list with a lot of things 0°N 0°W is not, but I’m incredibly excited to see how the game will approach these core concepts, and hopefully offer something entirely new and unlike anything we’ve seen before.
0°N 0°W is expected to be out in Q1 next year for PC via Steam.