Yuts is a member of a small game studio called Geography of Robots. The game is set in South Louisiana's swamps, refineries, and suburbs, and is inspired by first-person video games like Rise of the Dragon, Snatcher, and more recent titles like VA-11 HA-11 A. Some have compared the game to Kentucky Route Zero due to its surreal Southern themes and its "literary" tone.
The game takes its roots in a Louisiana history project I was doing with a friend when Hurricane Katrina struck. I decided to apply some of our knowledge to a classic adventure game format. This was how Raw Fury was discovered. It opened up many opportunities that I otherwise would have missed.
Kay, a young lady from Norco, Louisiana, returns to her hometown following the death of her mother. She soon discovers that her brother has gone missing, leading her down a rabbit hole populated with influential messageboards, giant sentient birds, and other colorful figures.
The game is more a psychedelic journey through Louisiana's River Parish region than a straight adventure. It's where I grew up. It's a lovely town situated between two massive petroleum facilities. It's also a complex area outside of New Orleans. We try to explore all of these concepts in our own way.
While playing through the game, I recommend paying attention to the soundscape. The sound designers worked diligently to create a convincing atmosphere, collecting field recordings of forests, native bird species, insects, and more. We tried to be equally intentional with the artwork. We explored the locations that inspired the game on foot, taking lots of reference photographs at various times of day and often redrawing scenes from scratch many times to get them right.
We've spent months polishing and improving Norco on PC – including Spanish, French, German, Brazilian-Portuguese, and Simplified Chinese localization, gamepad support, Expert Mode, Autocombat, and other bug fixes and quality of life enhancements. All features that will be available on PS4 and PS5 when Norco comes out on October 20.
If any of this sounds interesting, please check it out. Thank you, and I hope you enjoy Norco!