We haven’t seen much of Dustborn since the game was originally announced in 2020 with a 2021 release date. After being one of our most anticipated games of both 2022 and 2023, the game seems always just out of our grasp. At Gamescom 2023, developer Red Thread Games pushed Dustborn further out of reach with a new early 2024 release window.
At least we received a new trailer for the game, as you can see below:
About Dustborn via the game’s Steam page:
Dustborn is a single-player, story-driven action-adventure game about hope, love, friendships, robots…and the power of words.
You play Pax: exile, con-artist, Anomal — with the ability to weaponize language. Looking for a new life and a way out, Pax has been hired to transport an important package from Pacifica to Nova Scotia, across the Justice-controlled American Republic. Sounds like a legit reason for a road-trip, right?
So pack your bags, assemble a crew with their own peculiar powers, and get ready to travel the country!
Explore the stunning Neo-Western landscapes of an alternate history America on a robot-driven tour bus, and stop at a dozen locations along the road to build your crew, manage relationships, complete missions, and face increasingly difficult challenges. But the people you stole the package from want it back, and the authoritarian Justice is hot on your heels, so don’t forget to pack your baseball bat!
(And, oh yeah, you’re travelling undercover as a punk-rock band, so you’ll definitely need to brush up on your musical skills before your next gig.)
At the end of the road lies salvation…but to get there, you’ll need to cross an entire continent.
THE POWER OF WORDS
Words have power. Like, actual power. Fight with Shouts and use Vox in conversations to manipulate people and talk your way out of hairy situations. Craft new words, and learn to wield a lingual arsenal against enemies…and friends.
A ROAD TRIP ACROSS A DIVIDED CONTINENT
On the road across an alternate history America, you’ll stop at iconic locations, take on unexpected assignments, meet a colorful cast of characters, enlist new crew members, and evade (or fight) your pursuers. See beautiful sights along the highway, rendered in a colorful graphic-novel-inspired art style that brings stunning 2D illustrations to 3D life.
A DIVERSE CAST OF CHARACTERS
Your crew is your (found) family. Round up, manage and lean on a motley mob of misfits with peculiar powers, compelling stories and clashing personalities. Branching dialogues lead to choices that shape relationships and change how your crew feels about themselves and others.
GAMEPLAY AS VARIED AS THE LANDSCAPE
In each location you’ll explore, investigate and chat with the people you meet, use the crew to overcome challenges, craft new Shouts and Vox, and rehearse with your band. You might also find yourself throwing Molotov cocktails from a motorbike, swing a baseball bat to take down helicopters…and more. You know, just normal everyday stuff.
Dustborn will launch for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via the Epic Games Store and Steam. Stay tuned to RPGFan as we learn more! Hopefully we will see a release before the game’s 2030 setting.