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French independent studio DigixArt is happy to announce that Road 96 will be launched this 16th of August on Nintendo Switch, Steam, GOG, and Epic game store at the meaningful price of 19.96 USD | EUR (trailer). Road 96 will be also available as part of the Hitchhiker bundle (link), together with the OST featuring 9 artists and an original Game eBook containing the key stories from 10 years before the events happening in the game, all at a price of 29.91 USD | EUR.
Revealing the Hitchhiker Bundle with the “choose your own adventure ebook”

Find Road 96 on Steam

ROAD 96: PROLOGUE

Road 96 represents the most ambitious project from DigixArt, headed by industry veteran Yoan Fanise (Valiant Hearts, Memories Retold), will offer players an ever-evolving story-driven adventure inspired by Tarantino, The Coen Brothers, and Bong Joon-ho.

Last month at the last Steam Next Fest the dev team did a live Q&A session with the community and the Road 96 demo was made publicly available, getting a great reception. Here are some of the more relevant quotes from the press that covered it:

I couldn’t be more excited to play the rest when it comes out later this year. The demo hits the sweet spot in road trip stories where it feels wonderful to be traveling and meeting people, but you also have to manage the tension of trying to survive. As a character in the game warns me, these roads can be dangerous.” – Rachel Watts (PC Gamer)

It’s a fascinating prospect, then. A genuine web of possibilities. I already love the willingness to disappear off into tangents. I love the Americana viewed at a distance – the team behind this made games like Valiant Hearts. Most of all I love the fact that my expectations were shown to be both limited and limiting. I was confounded, and wonderfully so. Can’t wait to answer some more questions.” – Chris Donlan (Eurogamer)

The DigixArt philosophy

In 2015, after many years at Ubisoft and having co-Directed successes like Valiant Hearts, Yoan Fanise wanted to continue his path independently creating projects on a human scale and with total creative freedom, where everyone in the team can contribute. He also wanted to be able to tackle any subject that he loved or was worried about (like road trips or war). His wife Anne-Laure was ready to take up this challenge, and they started DigiXart in the south of France, as they knew that we would be very complimentary for this new adventure.

Now the studio has a team of 15 passionate and talented developers that has been built around three pillars: creativity, humility, and reliability. In the words of Yoan:

The three are extremely related, because in the past I have seen how creative chemistry can be created and generate a rich and original playful experience, or sometimes not. And for me, this requires above all great humility: each idea can work if it is nurtured by the whole team if we separate it from any ego and let it evolve. Too strong egos can block this and prevent the ideas of more timid personalities from being expressed and prototyped.

Reliability is finally what characterizes us because we delivered all of our games on schedule. Respecting the internal steps is very important to prevent the projects from running out and to force us to stop the design decisions. If we do not impose fixed dates on ourselves, we tend to want to leave too many doors open in game design or writing. It is also a question of professionalism and respect for the commitments made with the partners who co-finance our projects.

ABOUT DIGIXART

DigixArt is a video game development studio founded in 2015 in Montpellier, South of France. Its ambition is to offer meaningful and innovative gaming experiences to a wide audience. After Lost in Harmony™ and 11-11- Memories Retold™, the team is bringing its experience to Road 96 in partnership with HP Omen and Google Stadia.

About OMEN Presents

OMEN Presents is an initiative from HP’s gaming brand, OMEN, to support visionary developers building innovative gaming experiences that showcase the progress possible through gaming. The initiative will provide exclusive access and content from co-published and partnered games to the gaming community through OMEN Gaming Hub.

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