The wait is finally over
This has been a pretty awesome year for indie games, with titles like Cult of the Lamb, Immortality, and We Are OFK, just to name a few. One game has stuck with me since I reviewed it all the way back in March, and still remains one of my favorites to come out in 2022: the Southern Gothic narrative adventure NORCO that was “inspired by first-person pixel noirs like Déjà Vu & Snatcher and rooted in years of research,” according to the game’s creators. Set in a dystopian cyberpunk version of New Orleans, Louisiana, the game takes you on a journey through the infamous “Cancer Alley,” an area of Mississippi that accounts for a quarter of the US’s petrochemical production.
Now, the game’s developer Geography of Robots has announced that NORCO is finally coming to consoles with a PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One release on October 20. You can also play on Xbox Games Pass, if that suits your fancy. I obviously own NORCO on PC already, but I’m super excited for this release, because it means the game will be accessible to more players — and this game deserves all the hype it can get, if getting hype for old-school point-and-clicks is your thing.
NORCO is a point & click narrative tour of a distorted South Louisiana, inspired by first-person pixel noirs like Déjà Vu & Snatcher and rooted in years of research. You can find it here:
— geographyofrobots (@roboticgeo) September 14, 2022
A press release from publisher Raw Fury provides more in-depth details on the game:
“NORCO is the debut title from developer collective Geography of Robots. Lead creator Yuts was born and raised in Norco, Louisiana, an acronym for New Orleans Refining Co., located in the so-called ‘Cancer Alley,’ a stretch of the Mississippi that accounts for 1/4 of the US’s petrochemical production. The game blends real locations, personal stories, and Southern Gothic literature with a captivating original soundtrack featuring a guest track by Southern metal Band THOU.”
If you’re at all interested in checking NORCO out on your favorite console, I can’t recommend it enough!