Cyberpunk Bartending game VA-11 HALL-A coming to PS4 and Nintendo Switch
Released in June of 2016, Cyberpunk bartending VA-11 HALL-A asks players to confront a post-dystopian world from behind a bar counter. It might seem like a slow set-up, but as games like Papers Please have demonstrated, sometimes that’s all you need to convey a great story.
Booze em’up in the name of post-dystopia
Ysbryd Games and Sukeban Games’ VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action, was quick to pick up steam when it came to sales. Indeed, over 200,000 copies have been sold on Steam. It’s now been announced that the game will launch on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in Q1 2019. If you haven’t had the chance to try it out on PS Vita or PC, your chance is coming!
VA-11 HALL-A stands apart from traditional point and click games. As Jill, a bartender at a dive bar frequented by average citizens in a seedy part of town, you chat with clients and serve them poison to suit their demons. You’ll see a lot of engaging characters come your way, all of them have an interesting story to tell. Most importantly, Jill’s interactions draw from the monotony of everyday life in a relatable way. Despite the talking dogs, you’ll feel at home here.
All of these interactions happen while you get to listen to Garoad’s entrancing electronic soundtrack. Not only is it a treat, but it is calming like few other things are.
It’s a messed up town, but the people are nice
What storylines will you encounter while working your night shift? You might discuss transhumanism or debate the finer points of morality. The tales patrons choose to share will all be heavily impacted by what drink you mix for them from the available 24. Knowing what reaction each drink inspires will be the key to a successful bartending venture.
Cristopher Ortiz, co-founder of Sukeban Games has described their work as “inspired by old-school adventure games [seeking to] create a narrative experience without the pressures of obtaining a particular ending”. “Every story you hear”, he continued “is important, and drinks served to even the supporting characters can have tangible impacts on progression through the game”.
VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action is currently available on Steam and PS Vita for $14.99 USD.