Raw Fury and game dev collaborative Geography of Robots are thrilled to announce the genre-bending NORCO will launch on March 24 for Windows PC. Get your feet wet with the full first act of this unique Southern Gothic point-and-click narrative adventure game, available for free today as NORCO Act One on Steam and GOG.com. Players’ progress will carry over to the full version of NORCO when it releases in March.

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NORCO takes place in a gritty, distorted version of South Louisiana. While searching for your missing brother in the aftermath of your mother’s death, you’ll team up with a fugitive robot and explore the sinking suburbs, run-down strip malls, drainage ditches, and verdant industrial swamps of Louisiana’s petrochemical hinterlands.

Geography of Robots blends true stories and personal history with inspirations from Southern Gothic literature and pulp fiction to create a uniquely dark and captivating game experience. NORCO‘s stunning pixel art depicts real locations, reimagined with a believable twist.

To contribute to this mind-bending experience, the doom/sludge metal band Thou has teamed up with Geography of Robots’ composer Gewgawly I and sound designer fmAura to remix a track exclusively for the game.

“Our involvement with NORCO stemmed from a deep and longtime friendship with Geography of Robots,” said Bryan Funck, lead singer of Thou. “We’ve always loved their sense of aesthetics and thought it would be a great fit for a video of some kind for one of our songs. This is our first time being involved with a video game on any level aside from playing them.”

You can hear a portion of that remix in today’s trailer. In addition, the band will collaborate on the game’s soundtrack and other unannounced related projects.

“Thou represents an aspect of Louisiana that’s close to my heart. The members know the suburbs of New Orleans and Baton Rouge well. They capture a kind of strange irreverence in their sound and visuals that are specific to the region and has influenced the game NORCO,” said Yuts from Geography of Robots. ”We’ve been trying to collaborate for a while, and I’m just stoked it’s finally happening!”

About Geography of Robots

Geography of Robots is a game-dev collab that explores the hidden geographies, conspiracies, folklore, and environmental histories of the American South in a collection of games, interactive fiction, and other experiments.

About Thou

Thou is an American sludge metal band from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Their experimental style and DIY approach to touring have become a defining characteristic of the band and its aesthetic. Thou’s lyrics often espouse anarchist views.

About Raw Fury

Raw Fury is a boutique indie (un)publisher founded in 2015 by Jonas Antonsson, Gordon Van Dyke, and David Martinez. We do not care about genres or mechanics. We care about experiences and emotions. We want to help developers make magic.

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