Drop Bear Bytes receives further state funding support for post-apocalyptic RPG Broken Roads


Australian indie studio Drop Bear Bytes are showing off new video footage from Broken Roads at PAX Online thanks to the support of Creative Victoria’s PAX Rising Grant. The grant provides funding to Victorian-based games businesses to assist with the cost of producing, promoting and managing their digital booths.
“We’re really happy to be among the talented crew of local game developers who are once again able to show off their titles on the international stage,” says Craig Ritchie, Game Director on Broken Roads, “and this would not be possible without the support of Creative Victoria. We were disappointed when PAX Australia was understandably cancelled earlier this year, so it’s fantastic that we’re all still able to be a part of this online event.”
As part of their digital presence, the studio released new video footage to commemorate a year since Broken Roads’ first public showing at PAX Australia. Their digital booth and PAX Online video can be found at https://www.paxegx.com/games/broken-roads
The team first showed off Broken Roads at PAX Australia 2019, as part of the PAX Rising indie area thanks also to support from Creative Victoria.
“Being at PAX last year, for my first time ever, was an amazing experience,” says Tim Sunderland, Drop Bear Bytes’ Audio Lead, “and a real eye opener to the phenomenal talent Australia has to offer. It was truly inspiring.”
“Having the support from Creative Victoria both last year and now has been a crucial step in getting us to where we are,” adds Sunderland. “Being able to interact with gamers and devs alike is so important whether it’s in person or online, and finding a way to still make this happen is a positive for the whole industry and a testament to the commitment of PAX, Creative Vic and of course the gamers!”
The two-minute video for the event includes an as-of-yet unheard piece from the Broken Roads soundtrack, composed and recorded by Sunderland.
“The song in our PAX video is titled ‘Caravan’, “he says. “I wanted to write something that made the player feel safe and at home to get a bit of respite from that harsh, post-apocalyptic Australian setting. I used a lot of acoustic guitar as we often associate that with sitting around a campfire, relaxing, eating, telling stories. Then I sampled a flute I made out of bamboo and a few other natural sounds to build up a warm and cosy atmosphere blanket. Something I’d gladly have someone tell me made them fall asleep.”
Drop Bear Bytes recently launched the Broken Roads Steam page, and you can wishlist the game at https://store.steampowered.com/app/1403440/Broken_Roads/  
Broken Roads is set in a ravaged future Australia and presents players with an original alignment system: the Moral Compass. This unique take on morality presents a 360-degree view of all ethical and philosophical decisions a character can make, as well as their available moral traits. A character’s philosophical leaning will affect all areas of the game, from dialogue and companion reactions through to quest resolution and combat.
Broken Roads is in development for PC, Switch, PS4 and Xbox One, and is scheduled for release in late 2021.

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