Broken Road s Key Art
Broken Road s Key Art
Broken Road s Key Art | Courtesy of Drop Bear Bytes

Broken Roads: A Trip to the Aussie Outback Where Pacifists Rule!

Can You Conquer the Wasteland Without Throwing a Single Punch? Drop Bear Bytes' Latest Title Might Just Let You!

Ever wanted to take a walkabout in the Aussie Outback after the apocalypse, and maybe, just maybe, not have to off anyone to do so? Well, good news! Independent game studio Drop Bear Bytes, in cahoots with Versus Evil, have been hard at work on their upcoming title, Broken Roads, and it’s set to challenge all you peaceful gamers out there!

That’s right, folks! They’ve dropped a bombshell and confirmed that pacifist playthroughs will be possible in this isometric RPG. So you can keep your conscience clear while navigating the desolate beauty of post-apocalyptic Australia, whether you’re playing on your PC, Switch, PlayStation, or Xbox.

But before you start thinking this’ll be a walk in the park, remember that not engaging in fisticuffs doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. You’ll need to be super savvy with your decisions, taking into account your companions’ reactions, the interests of the factions you meet, and the quest resolutions you choose. After all, you can’t really accept a mercenary hit job and expect everyone to be chuffed about it, right?

To celebrate this announcement, Drop Bear Bytes have unveiled a brand new trailer, showing off some never-before-seen locations in Broken Roads which we’ve included below.

Broken Roads May 2023 | Pacifist Trailer

And if you fancy some tunes, Tim Sunderland, the Audio Lead and Composer, has posted the second of his Broken Roads OST tracks, “Stonefish”. And we’re promised a new track on the Broken Roads Dev Blog every month.

Broken Roads OST | “Stonefish”

Broken Roads isn’t just your average RPG. It offers exploration, strategic turn-based combat, and big philosophical choices set in a unique Australian post-apocalyptic landscape. Plus, with a classless system based around four philosophies – Humanist, Utilitarian, Machiavellian, and Nihilist – character development is almost limitless. The game’s unique “Moral Compass” even lets your dialogue options and quest decisions be influenced by your character’s philosophical leaning. How’s that for deep?

And to top it all off, the game’s locations are faithfully recreated from real towns and landmarks in West Australia, making your virtual Aussie adventure as authentic as it gets. Even the atmospheric soundtrack composed by Tim Sunderland features instruments made from everyday objects, adding a unique and distinctive tone to the game.

So, ready to traverse the post-apocalyptic outback and maybe save a life or two? Broken Roads is coming later this year, so keep your eyes peeled!

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Now, we want to hear from you! What do you think about this pacifist approach in Broken Roads? Do you think you have what it takes to survive without resorting to violence? Share your thoughts in the comments below or join the discussion on the Gaming.Buzz Community Discord!

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