Post-apocalyptic Australian CRPG Broken Roads is a title that's been percolating for a while now, and we got a release date trailer, but one that's sadly lacking regarding PlayStation information. The good news is that the title is still planned for the platform; the bad is that we'll have to wait a little longer to get our grasping hands on it.
Taking a page out of the Disco Elysium playbook, one of the more intriguing elements of Broken Roads is its Moral Compass mechanic, which will influence the player character's philosophical leaning and the overall story. Combat doesn't look like anything revolutionary, but it puts us in mind of the serviceable systems in the Shadowrun Trilogy of CRPGs, which got the job done. Your mileage may vary, of course, but Australia isn't a setting we see explored often enough, considering how nightmarish the wildlife already is.
Developer Drop Bear Bytes is creating a much more modest product than Larian's recently released and monstrous Baldur's Gate 3, but for those bitten by the CRPG bug, this one might be worth keeping half an eye on. That is, provided you weren't already flat out with everything else released this year, mate.
Developers are flat out like a lizard drinking
Out in 2023
What do you think of Broken Roads? Has Baldur's Gate 3 opened your eyes to a whole new universe of roleplaying experiences, or is turn-based combat a turnoff? Do some hard yakka in the comments section below.
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