Fellow Traveller and Feral Cat Den have unveiled that Genesis Noir, their cosmic tale that shines a spotlight on jazz, a mysterious love affair and the Big Bang, is not only being released on the PC next year, but also Xbox One.
Genesis Noir has a rather interesting premise that sees an adventure taking place before, during, and after the universal event known as the Big Bang. A cosmic gunshot expands towards the heart of a god and as a result you must explore the universe, seeking clues on how creation might be undone. Along the way you’ll come across several musicians that are an amalgamation of the buskers found all over New Year. These include a band leader named Golden Boy, an alluring jazz singer named Miss Mass, and in fact, you’ll even become a bit of a musician yourself.
The development team over at Feral Cat Den explains more about the musical influences behind Genesis Noir:
We’re a tiny studio comprised of 2 dudes in NYC, a handful of freelance pals, and some great musicians in London who’ve dreamed of exploring strange worlds and sharing them with others. I think seeing how far we’ve come, it’d be nice to take a moment and share some experiences that started us on the path to creating this noir adventure. If you’ll indulge some pulpy storytelling, I’d like to tell you a little about busking and game development and how 10 years of living in the heart of NYC has brought Genesis Noir to life.
When I first moved here, I happened upon a saxophonist practicing in a parking lot beside the polluted Gowanus canal. His woozy music echoed down a long and low tunnel that I happened to be canoeing through on an ecological tour. His drunken practicing reverberated around me, creating the disorienting soundtrack to explore an urban wasteland. I’ll never forget my unbearable curiosity to discover if the fumes from the oil slicked waters were causing auditory hallucinations as we journeyed down that tunnel. His playing, while not exactly ready for Carnegie Hall, was perfectly suited to that moment.
I have even encountered a musician as I walked across the Williamsburg bridge at 4 am – a time that even the city that never sleeps exists in a liminal state between the conscious and unconscious. The bridge was empty except for a single figure in the distance who, as I approached resolved into a clarinet player standing high above the city, practicing his craft. His playing drowned out by the traffic, I nevertheless attempted to give him a friendly nod. Phantom-like, he did not acknowledge my presence.
Practicing musicians are now my favourite thing to discover in New York. Like a rare collectible, they are hidden in strange spots, at strange times. These experiences have inspired lonely urban settings in Genesis Noir. Pre-dawn skylines coalesced into abstract squares and moments of delight hidden amidst chaos.
More broadly, these encounters with the city’s buskers have taught me lessons such as the value of mystery, of letting stories hang unresolved. Of setting up desire and after hope has vanished, providing resolution. There are many lessons that NYC and its musicians have taught me and the whole team working on Genesis Noir. Our aim is to synthesize these experiences into a little nugget of noir-y goodness that we hope you’ll enjoy!
Genesis Noir is a very exciting prospect, but we’ll have to wait until 2020 to get our hands on this jazzy adventure on Xbox One and PC. Be sure to leave your thoughts about it in the comments section below!