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Dustborn is a once-in-a-lifetime road trip you won’t want to miss – coming very soon

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Dustborn – it’s finally coming!

It’s been 4 years since we heard of Dustborn, expecting a 2021 release to follow. That never materialised, but finally Dustborn is in the final stretch, going up for pre-order, getting both a new trailer and release date. This is one you won’t want to miss. 

A once-in-a-lifetime road trip, Dustborn from SPOTLIGHT BY QUANTIC DREAM and the Oslo-based studio Red Thread Games will be coming to Xbox, PlayStation and PC come August 20th 2024. That announcement has been made with a brand-new cinematic trailer.

Dustborn is nearly here

In Dustborn, players are invited to embark on a thrilling yet light-hearted road trip across an alternative American Republic, with the important mission of carrying a mysterious package from one coast to another.

This runs as a single-player, interactive story, action-adventure game. It is set in a comic-book-inspired universe where words can be used to shape a unique narrative. All along the colourful road, players will build relationships, recruit new crew members, fight enemies, and play gigs as an undercover punk-rock band.

To celebrate the start of pre-orders, two brand new cinematics were broadcast during the ActuGaming French Direct 2024 on May 29 and the Future Games Show – Summer Edition on June 8. You can view them below, but the first cinematics featured new gameplay presenting the crew at the start of their journey, using the power of words to face a not so friendly encounter, while the second one introduced Dustborn’s main antagonists, the Puritans, a fundamentalist technocratic corporate conglomerate from whom the crew has stolen the package. 

“We are excited to offer a deeper look at how the power of words shapes Dustborn’s gameplay,” says Ragnar Tørnquist, Creative Director at Red Thread Games.  “As we launch pre-orders, we wanted to give players more insight into the crew’s undercover punk-rock road trip and the adversaries they face along the way. We cannot wait to see players discover the game’s comic book-inspired experience, build relationships with the crew, and use their abilities to defeat Justice and the Puritans!”

A Steam demo

The game will also be featured in the upcoming Steam Next Fest, giving players access to an exclusive 30-minute free demo for the very first time, only on Steam.

It will give them a chance to explore different situations and discover the power of words, playing as Pax, the main character. As an Anormal, she can control words to craft new powers, defend herself, get out of tricky situations, neutralize threats, and build relationships with her crew or new encounters. Of course, relationships can be tricky to navigate, with each character bringing their own powers, perspectives, motives, and insecurities. It promises to be an emotional, rocky, and rewarding journey!

Pre-order time?

Sold? Start your road trip in style by pre-ordering. Do so and you’ll receive a free exclusive bonus skin, including:

  • A Sherbert twirl hat
  • A Psycho Pete bat
  • An exclusive Eye C U Jacket

The studio has more surprises in store. A physical edition of Dustborn will also be available at launch on August 20th for a recommended retail price of 39,99€/$39.99. This special edition will include:

  • 2 postcards from iconic locations visited by the crew;
  • A map of the American Republic, listing all the pitstops the crew has to make before arriving at their final destination;
  • A 32-page prequel comic book about the crew’s life before accepting this risky mission;
  • Stickers of iconic elements from the game.

We’ll be sure to remind you when Dustborn becomes available for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S (Xbox Store page is worth checking out), PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC (through Steam). For now, enjoy those trailers. 

Neil Watton
Neil Wattonhttps://www.thexboxhub.com/
An Xbox gamer since 2002, I bought the big black box just to play Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee. I have since loved every second of the 360's life and am now just as obsessed with the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S - mostly with the brilliant indie scene that has come to the fore. Gamertag is neil363, feel free to add me to your list.
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