SAN FRANCISCO – March 15, 2021 – As announced Saturday during The MIX’s Game Dev Direct, Read Only Memories: NEURODIVER will come to PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and Epic Games Store in Q1 2022 simultaneously alongside the previously announced Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam for PC and Mac editions.
Queer-focused developer MidBoss knows fans are eager to play the next entry in the cyberpunk point-and-click adventure series enjoyed by more than half a million sleuths sooner and presents the first NEURODIVER demo today through Steam and Epic Games Store. This prologue introduces the protagonist ES88 and her psychic abilities allowing her to dive into the memories of others. Help a bounty hunter recall what happened during a shady business deal gone wrong.
The trade paperback version of the Read Only Memories comics, brought to life by IDW Publishing with writing from The Walking Dead, X-Men, and Iceman veteran Sina Grace, will launch in August 2021. Collecting the full series into one volume with additional content such as interviews, the book will also include a Steam game key for 2064: Read Only Memories.
In NEURODIVER, return to thriving and vibrant Neo-San Francisco a few short years after the events of 2064: Read Only Memories. Reunite with franchise favorites including former police detective Lexi Rivers, elite hacker TOMCAT, and expert attorney Jess Meas. Investigate a new mystery with the powerful psychic abilities of series newcomer ES88, who wields a bioengineered creature known as the Neurodiver to amplify her mind-reading abilities.
Explore the corrupted memories of a colorful cast of diverse locals to track down an elusive psychic menace known only as the Golden Butterfly. Equipped with her trusty Neurodiver, ES88 must dive into and follow Golden Butterfly through the victims’ minds in hopes of capturing Golden before they can further corrupt and distort people’s memories into oblivion.
“Our passionate community is in love with Neo-San Francisco and we’re happy to give them a taste of what we are working on ahead of the console and PC releases later this year,” said Cade Peterson, CEO of MidBoss, “This demo shows off the new puzzle mechanics and some of the characters adding flavor to the next entry in our LGBTQ+-friendly world.”
Read Only Memories: NEURODIVER will support English and Japanese upon launch. Japanese localization and voice over as well as Xbox One support for all regions will be provided by Chorus Worldwide. For more information and updates follow @MidBoss on Twitter, visit the company blog, or check out the NEURODIVER Steam page.
Based out of San Francisco (although not the Neo kind), MidBoss aims to make the world better, safer, and more inclusive for marginalized people, especially those across the gender and sexuality spectrum, by creating cool experiences through games and other forms of media which diversify representation, as well as becoming a platform for queer content around the world.
MidBoss expanded on the world it created in 2064: Read Only Memories with a Read Only Memories comic series in late 2019. The studio is also responsible for the creation and curation of Summer of Pride, an annual month-long celebration of diversity in games featuring titles with good LGBTQ+ representation and an array of queer and POC content creators.
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