VirtuaVerse is available on Steam so Cyberpunk enthusiasts are spoiled at the moment. Between Cloudpunk and the forthcoming Cyberpunk 2077, there’s a lot of purple fluorescent lighting to be excited about. Add VirtuaVerse to that list: it’s a lushly illustrated point and click adventure set in a grim (but wonderfully lit) future dystopia ruled by artificial intelligence.
Nathan is the protagonist. Unlike the majority of the population, he’s not tapped into a “permanently-integrated reality” – he’s slumming it in actual reality as a smuggler of illicit hacked technologies. When his girlfriend Jay goes missing he’s lead by the nose on an adventure that traverses “hardware graveyards, digital archaeology, tribes of cryptoshamans, and virtual reality debauchery.” All of those things are exciting to me.
In a future not-so-far-away, one superior intelligence prevails above all other AI. Society is migrating to a permanently-integrated reality connected to a single neural network, continuously optimizing user experience by processing personal data.
An outsider, Nathan, makes a living off-the-grid as a smuggler of modded hardware and cracked software. Geared with a custom headset, he is among the few that can switch AVR off and see reality for what it truly is. Nathan shares an apartment with his girlfriend Jay, a talented AVR graffiti artist whose drones bit-spray techno-color all over the city’s augmented space.
One morning, Nathan wakes to an empty apartment and discovers a cryptic message on the bathroom mirror. Having accidentally broken his headset, Nathan is disconnected but determined to figure out what happened to Jay. He embarks on an unbelievable journey involving hacker groups and guilds of AVR technomancers.
Traversing the world, Nathan confronts hardware graveyards, digital archaeology, tribes of cryptoshamans, and virtual reality debauchery.
The good news is that VirtuaVerse is Available on Steam. Interestingly, the game is published by a metal record label which, among other things, has published a massive 24 LP Emperor boxset.