It’s taken years to reach this point, but finally there is a conclusion to Kentucky Route Zero. And as the final act hits, we don’t just see the tale end on PC, but thanks to a TV Edition the whole thing is able to come together under the Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch banners.
Available to purchase and download on Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch, Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition is the edition you want to involve yourself with. See, after originally launching on PC way back in January 2013, some 7 years on this point-and-clicker has reached its finale, ending the narrative of a trucker as he works his way across Route Zero in Kentucky in order to make the one final delivery for his company.
Priced at £20.99, Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition comes about thanks to the publishing arm of Annapurna Interactive running a full text-based adventure route instead of the now standard voice telling. With atmosphere and story at the fore, it’ll be up to you to help Conway move from locale to locale, chatting with others and checking out objects, with all actioned dictated by your choice of dialogue conversation.
With a ton of GOTY and ‘Best’ Awards behind it, the arrival of the final part of this narrative is one that will excite many gamers. Particularly so as the launch of the TV edition on console allows for one straight playthrough of all five acts, forgoing the need to play, wait and forget as the original launches allowed.
Should you wish to give Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition on Xbox One, PS4 or Nintendo Switch a go – or even want to now grab the finale on PC – then the usual digital stores will sort you out. Make sure you keep an eye out for our review of the full game too – there is next to no chance we’ll be missing out on this one.
At twilight in Kentucky, as bird songs give way to the choir of frogs and insects, familiar roads become strange, and it’s easy to get lost. Those who are already lost may find their way to a secret highway winding through underground caves. The people who live and work along this highway are themselves a little strange at first, but soon seem familiar: the aging driver making the last delivery for a doomed antique shop; the young woman who fixes obsolete TVs surrounded by ghosts; the child and his giant eagle companion; the robot musicians; the invisible power company lurking everywhere, and the threadbare communities who struggle against its grip. KENTUCKY ROUTE ZERO: TV EDITION is a magical realist adventure game in five acts, featuring a haunting electronic score, and a suite of hymns and bluegrass standards recorded by The Bedquilt Ramblers. Rendered in a striking visual style that draws as much from theater, film, and experimental electronic art as it does from the history of videogames, this is a story of unpayable debts, abandoned futures, and the human drive to find community. Originally published episodically over a span of years, the TV Edition collects all five acts along with the “interludes,” which were originally published separately, available now on Xbox One for the first time. Also for the first time, it has been painstakingly localized for French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish (both European Spanish and Latin American).