Back during last week’s LEVEL UP Play, local game studio, Metronomik, was on the floor showcasing its upcoming title, No Straight Roads. In this particular demonstration, the studio was giving visitors a glimpse of one of the many villains in-game, known as DK West.
For the uninitiated, the villain’s title is both a play and something of a direct translation from the Malay words “Dikir Barat”; a form of traditional music in Malaysia. In keeping with the Malay elements of DK West, players will also have to engage in battle with him via a form of “Wayang Kulit” or Shadow Puppets in English.
DK West’s idea and concept was developed by Wan Hazmer, the person leading Metronomik. For those who don’t know, the Hazmer was the lead game designer for Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XV.
Since then, Hazmer has been one of many game designers spearheading the initiative of putting Malaysia on the map for games development and production. Moreover, Hazmer has expressed both interest and the possibility of collaborating with local artists, in an effort to showcase their work within his games in the future.
No Straight Roads will be launching in early 2020 on the PlayStation 4 (PS4) and the PC via Epic Games Store. On that note, the game is already available for pre-order via the latter for US$18.99 (~RM78). On a side note, this is not the only showcase we have seen at LEVEL UP Play 2019. Further, we have also seen some other game developers showcase and the SEA Games eSports athletes flag-off ceremony as well.