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  Make Life or Death Choices in VR as the Last Human Taxi Driver in The Last Taxi
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06/26/2020
 


[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Launching Q3 2020

WINNIPEG, Canada – June 25, 2020 – The Last Taxi, the upcoming VR narrative game by Canadian developer ZenFri, will be making its way to Steam and all major virtual reality headsets later this year. Set in a sprawling vertical metropolis where inequality runs rampant, The Last Taxi immerses players in the life and times of the last human taxi driver in an automated future.

The remains of human civilization are propped up by surveillance, automation, and human modification. You are the last human taxi driver on Earth, left with an unexpected “passenger” and thrust into a dark network of secrets – unraveling a conspiracy that threatens to shake the city of Progress Point to its very core.

"With The Last Taxi, we wanted to explore viewpoints and stories set within an expansive world marred by inequality,” says Corey King, co-founder of ZenFri. “It made a lot of sense to frame it around a taxi driver because each passenger can tell their own mini-story directly to the player – just like in real life. In today’s climate of division and existential threats, we’re making a game that puts conversation at the core and leaves the choices firmly in the player’s hands.”

The Last Taxi gives us a chance to shine a light on what the world would look like if we as a society didn’t alter any of our current habits or views – including climate change, social unrest, the growth in totalitarian states, global spying, the concentration of wealth and more,” adds Danielle King, co-founder of ZenFri. “Each character, at their core, has a fundamental question that can be explored through a branching narrative. Organically, the player can agree or disagree on various points and help steer characters toward different decisions. It’s basically a big sandbox of thought experiments and subjects, all within an immersive VR setting. Almost every character is neither good nor bad; they have nuanced positions and it’s the player’s job to decide if they should profit or protect their passenger. Each decision they make then informs the 20+ endings. As an example, V3-3A07 (a.k.a. Veronica) wants to marry her “owner”. Just in one story told in three minutes, you can discuss auto/human relations, power dynamics, robot law, and whether love is a human trait.”

Key Features

  • Earn tips by navigating through 75+ treacherous, quirky, and haunting choice-driven passenger conversations.

  • Report criminal passengers to the authorities or aid their morally complex struggles.

  • Fight back by upgrading your taxi with new tools such as a tractor beam for hijacking cargo, a hacking device that can steal money from toll booths, or a radio and/or air-conditioning unit to increase passenger comfort.

  • Maximize fares by managing malfunctioning equipment, avoiding environmental hazards, and keeping your passengers comfy.

  • Experience a rich and detailed work that provides 8 hours of gameplay and 20+ unique choice-driven endings.

Pricing & Availability

The Last Taxi will be available on all major VR platforms in North America in Q3 2020. Pricing is yet to be determined. Supported headsets include:

  • Oculus Rift

  • Oculus Quest (Oculus Link required)

  • HTC Vive

  • Valve Index

  • Other Windows Mixed Reality headsets

Wishlist The Last Taxi on Steam:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/398990/The_Last_Taxi

Assets

Teaser

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HShfP1XCnLQ

 

Screenshots & Logos

IMGUR

https://imgur.com/a/vYDpHVe

 

Social Media

ZenFri

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/zenfriinc

Twitter - https://twitter.com/zenfri

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/zenfri-inc-

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/zenfri

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpIfYYcHHEw7kc1mD2Vfu1Q

The Last Taxi

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/thelasttaxi

Twitter - https://twitter.com/TheLastTaxi

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8iRzdKOFEgziuqs_eQ801Q

About ZenFri

ZenFri Inc. is an award-winning creative arts studio with a deep passion for pushing the boundaries of storytelling. Working across an array of media including virtual reality, augmented reality, interactive narratives, film, literature and visual art, the studio fearlessly goes wherever the story takes it. With a unique style and leadership, ZenFri drives teams of artists and innovators to craft best-in-class experiences for audiences around the world. To learn more about The Last Taxi and ZenFri, please visit http://lasttaxigame.com and http://zenfri.com.

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