Melancholy Republic is an ambitious indie role-playing game that promises a deep, mature story set in the beautiful city of Lorna.

People still fondly remember SNES-style Japanese role-playing games such as the Final Fantasy series, Chrono Trigger, and Earthbound. Thanks to indie developers and fans, that legacy still continues today. Ironically, most such Japanese RPGs are released on Steam nowadays, and they’re not even made by Japanese developers. Melancholy Republic is one such example, this “Japanese” RPG is made by a passionate team from Oxford, England.

The first thing you’ll notice about Melancholy Republic that sets it apart from other games of its ilk is the amazing art. The game uses absolutely gorgeous, evocative illustrations to tell a deep, mature tale. Another thing that separates Melancholy Republic is the soundtrack, which includes several tracks recorded live with a 73-piece symphonic orchestra.

Melancholy Republic is set in the beautiful city state of Lorna, which features a “richly detailed political and cultural world”. The player takes on the role of “ambitious and flawed” Claire Lockridge, who is elected as a senator after her father is assassinated. Claire forms an unlikely friendship with Marianne, and the pair set off to “end the corruption and prevent a brooding civil war at the heart of her country, all whilst struggling to uncover her father’s killer”.

Melancholy Republic is played from the classic top-down view. It’s created in the popular RPGMaker engine. Basically, if you’ve ever played a 2D Japanese RPG or even modern adventure games like To the Moon, you’ll be right at home here. As you explore the city of Lorna, you’ll be able to speak to “hundreds” of characters.

Melancholy Republic was supposed to come out in September 2016, but the release was pushed back. Hopefully, the wait will be worth it. The game is slated to come out on Steam in May 2017.

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