In late August we reported the announcement of Stone, a hip-hop noir adventure game helmed by a developer who previously worked on Quantum Break. The "zonked-out" interactive story is now available after launching on Steam for $14.99. There's also a $19.99 Bloody Legend edition that includes digital copies of the screenplay and art book.
Stone casts players as the world's worst koala private investigator who's world is upended after a call from an anonymous source. In the search for Stone's missing friend Alex, players will scour Oldtown and interrogate an eccentric cast of characters.
The aforementioned developer, Gregory Louden, and his sister Sarah Louden are the founders of Convict Games and Gregory shared a few statements about Stone. “Stone may not be for everyone, but it’s overflowing with references and inspiration that we know will resonate with many that share our affinity for underground art," he said in the press release. “I’ve always felt a need to create a uniquely Australian story tinged with my underground and alternative culture influences such as Charles Bukowski and Thomas Pynchon.”
“Opening Convict Games as an independent studio gave me the creative freedom to break the shackles of major publisher funded game development to tell a story and explore a genre that’s been living inside of me and dying to get out. Our goal at Convict is to tell high impact and alternative stories that fuse cinema, music, art, tv and the best aspects of video game and cinematic storytelling”
This is a new indie endeavor for the Loudens and others on the largely Australia-based Convict Games team, but they're doing the rollout of Stone is style. In addition to the base game and the Bloody Legend editions of the game, the launch was celebrated in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane with the limited edition Koala PI, Stoner Noir beer by Wayward Brewing.
Stone is available now on Steam for $14.99. Stay tuned to Shacknews for additional updates.