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Jan 26, 2023

Go back to the start with Road 96: Mile 0, telling the story of Zoe and Kaito’s friendship origins

From Press Release:

Larkspur, Calif. (Jan. 26, 2023) – DigixArt and Ravenscourt are thrilled to unveil Road 96: Mile 0, the prequel to the critically acclaimed Road 96 that follows the original’s narrative adventure roots while tying in heartfelt musical scenes. The game is due to release digitally on April 4 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC, and Switch.

Channeling the same ‘90s vibes found in Road 96, today’s announcement trailer for Road 96: Mile 0 features the brand-new track “Land Locked Heart” by The Midnight.

Road 96: Mile 0 is set in White Sands, Petria´s only luxurious community, and takes place just before the life-shaping road trips of Road 96. Players will alternate between the roles of Zoe and Kaito, two teenagers with opposite backgrounds and beliefs.

Two teens, two worlds:

Fans of Road 96 will remember Zoe, one of the main characters of the original game. She comes from the rich side of White Sands and her father works for President Tyrak´s government as the Minister of Oil.

Kaito – a character from developer DigixArt’s first game, Lost in Harmony – on the other hand, was born in rough, impoverished Colton City. After moving with his family to get away from Colton City’s pollution and find new jobs, Kaito finds himself in White Sands as well. It’s been two years since this move and they are now close neighbors to the Tryak abode.

Intrigued by his dark demeanor, Zoe gets closer to Kaito and the two develop a strong friendship. This budding friendship with Kaito eventually exposes Zoe to disturbing truths about her country and even her own father. Through this new-found relationship, players will discover what made Zoe flee her home and the truth behind the 1986 Border Attack that sets off the events of Road 96.

“In Road 96 Mile 0 we wanted to show where Zoe is coming from and why she left her comfortable life, said Yoan Fanise CEO of DigixArt. “But we didn’t create Mile 0 in the conventional way. We went the crazy route, using metaphorical music sequences where you ride along on the beliefs and doubts of Zoe and Kaito. The funny part is that YOU choose how you want them to evolve.”

Zoe and Kaito´s inner worlds:

Varying the narrative-driven gameplay of Road 96: Mile 0 will be sections that let us explore the thought processes of both Zoe and Kaito through psychedelic musical rides. Skating through these rhythm-based segments, players will make impactful narrative and emotional decisions that shape the journey of the game’s two protagonists.

The Midnight:

Backing up today’s emotional announce trailer for Road 96: Mile 0 is the brand-new song “Land Locked Heart” from American synthwave band The Midnight, which will be released as a single soon. Designed to reinforce the emotional experience for players, “Land Locked Heart” is the first track from the Road 96: Mile 0 official soundtrack.

“This song is about the paradox of coming home. Even though it’s where you were formed and where the evidence of the origin story is all around, there comes a time when it no longer feels like home. Eventually it feels like a place you must escape from, or be destined to continue in a story that isn’t yours. We’re excited to see the song come to life in Road 96: Mile 0,” said The Midnight.

Road 96: Mile 0 is a narrative adventure game combining powerful storytelling with emotional music. Developed by DigixArt and published by Ravenscourt, the game is launching digitally on April 4, 2023.


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