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Presskit 0°N 0°W - ZeroNorthZeroWest - 0N0W


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Presskit 0°N 0°W - ZeroNorthZeroWest - 0N0W


PressKit

Developer:

Colorfiction

Studio Location:

Connecticut, USA

Release Date:

Fall 2017

Platforms:

Windows,on Steam and Itch.io, in 2017

OS X, Linux, VR, in 2018

Specs:

2ghz+, 4gb ram, 4gb hd, directx 11 vga with 2gb of vram

OS X, Linux, VR, in 2018

Game Website:

colorfiction.co/0n0w

Developer Website:

colorfiction.co

Contact Info:

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instagram

Email

Game Name:

0°N 0°W

Also known as ZeroNorthZeroWest and 0N0W.

 

Description:

A cross country road trip strands you in a mysterious town lost amidst the towering mesas and swaying dunes of the great wild west. Will you beckon the glowing call of its lone storefront and embark on a fantastical multidimensional walkabout through space and time?

Experience a beautiful environment where nothing is what it seems, a spatial labyrinth where doors always lead to different destinations, an anomalous zone where mass gingerly defies gravity, a universe of inspiration, of dreams,  of everything and nothing: Experience 0°N 0°W .

  • This is a peaceful adventure apt for all ages; it was exhibited in the Children's Museum of the Arts NYC to a great reception by children and adults alike.
  • Entirely non linear gameplay in an open world where everything you see is accessible. There are no barriers or invisible walls to block your curiosity; walk to the very edge of the world to see what happens...
  • A minimalist reinterpretation of modern gameplay mechanisms that eliminates loading screens, user interfaces, inventories, skill trees, stats, quick time events, puzzles, etc. This is gameplay distilled to its very essence with the sole objective to explore in wonder!
  • A randomized/procedural level progression system that provides a different journey each time you play. All the levels are artistically hand crafted with love, however the manner in which all these levels intertwine changes continuously; giving each player a unique experience.
  • All player instructions and menu options are represented via symbols making the game accessible to all geographical audiences. There is no need for subtitles or dubbed voiceovers.
  • An evocative musical soundtrack composed of cascading arpeggios and vast soundscapes inspired by the ambient, minimalist and avant garde movements of the 20th and 21st century (brian eno, terry riley, alva noto, steve reich, philip glass, boards of canada). There is a total of 7 hours of continuous music. All other sounds were field recorded throughout various natural and urban environments or generated with various synthesizers and musical instruments.

 

 

Shown in

2016 - The Children’s Museum of the Arts, NYC, Video Game Expo

2017 - EGX 2017 's Rezzed Zone

 

Reviews:

“A world begging to be experienced”

-Cultured Vultures

“The disconnected feeling of moving through the imaginary gardens within the boundaries of unconsciousness”

-Sufficiently Human

“A very cool environment and atmosphere to inhabit”

-RockLeeSmile

“The joyful escape you imagine as you rest soundly at night”

-Abnormal Mapping

 

History:

Work on 0°N 0°W started in early 2014 after reading an article on ‘null islands’, cartographic error dumps for the geographical information system (GIS). The concept of a ‘physical’ location for geospatial anomalies was so fascinating it propelled design; what if somebody entered an alternative gps dimension of spatial bugs? The focus was to model and musically accompany everything to transmit this atmosphere of an oneiric anomalous world between fantasy and reality. In January of 2015 project ‘dream.sim’ was released in itch.io illustrating the gameplay of a level. The aesthetics were inspired by the original Tron movie and CAD representations of urbanist master planning models. After positive reactions we entered the late Steam Greenlight program battlegrounds. A few months later with the release of a second prototypical level the project was voted successfully by the Greenlight community for a Steam release and also invited to join the Nintendo Developer Program for the Nintendo Wii. 2016 was a year of exhausting 24/7 developing marathons that consumed metric tons of ramen + coffee and an appendix. Its finally 2017, three winters have passed blanketing the northern realms with fluffy snow, we switched to decaf, started planting our own food and completed 80+ 'levels' with an accompanying soundtrack of seven hours of continuous music to enhance the experience! We are now ecstatic to show the world 0°N 0°W !

 

About colorfiction:

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Colorfiction is a small independent game software developer company based in Connecticut, USA. An ethereal misty land where deer, raccoons, suburbanites and witches dwell alike in somewhat bucolic communion among forgotten farmlands riddled with undulating ancient rock walls. With a diverse ample background of boolean and resonating wave shaping in trimensional space¹, we enjoy investigating the interstitial zone between art and technology via the creation of visual auditory software. Our hobbies include planting potatoes, chasing away the variety of wildlife from our peach tree and driving twenty minutes for groceries to the real life set of the stepford wives. We also enjoy writing incredibly obtuse lyrical prose so please enjoy the flashy images/videos and try to overlook the commodious thesaurus fatigue.

(Nov.2014) This is where it all started.

(Nov.2014) This is where it all started.

¹ Isaac Asimov's excellent neologism for three dimensional fiction/dramas in the Foundation Series.

 

Press Demo/ Video Monetization:

Steam keys for press reviewing purposes and video monetization agreements for streamers/tubers are available, to receive such please fill out the following form. Make sure to include the Website/  Magazine/Youtube or Twitch channel that you represent.

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A selection of images for promotional use!

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