E3 trailer for post-modern RPG Y2K is wonderfully surreal

By Shabana Arif
19 June 2015 13:50 GMT

Y2K is the new game from Ackk Studios described as a post-modern RPG, and it hits the mark with weird JRPG goodness.

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The game has an interesting flat-shaded aesthetic, turn based 8 party-member battles, and is bristling with puzzles.

The story is set in the 1990s and is described over on the official site as a game “about eight strangers, a mysterious woman who vanishes in an elevator, and weaponized Panda plashes.”

The plot sounds pretty interesting, and you can read it as it appears on the site below, as well as checking out some screenshots.

Y2K: A Postmodern RPG is expected to release in the fourth quarter of this year for PC, PS4, PS Vita and WiiU.

“When recent college graduate Alex Eggleston returns home from college, he finds adult life to be filled with mystery, strange friends from the internet, and other worlds that exist just out of sight.

After following a hideous cat into an ordinary old building, Alex’s life takes a series of strange turns that leads him to www.onism1999.com, an English-language imageboard website. On this strange site users post anonymously, on the topic of conspiracies, disappearances, the occult, and otherworldly happenings.

Alex finds a terrifying and surreal video of a woman he had previously met in the old building.

The footage is simple. A young woman in business attire gets on an elevator, she presses the button for the 18th floor. The elevator doors shut. She looks around, as if talking to someone. She then presses another button, and then another… until every floor has been selected. She starts laughing, and is lifted from the floor, violently slamming into the walls.

The elevator comes to a stop, and the doors open. A bright light floods the camera, and she is pulled out of the elevator.

Alex, and a group of ONISM1999 users begin to research the video, and the adventure of YIIK begins.”

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