E3 2017: The Last Night Is A Visual Tour De Force Of Cyberpunk Ecstasy
The Last Night
(Last Updated On: June 11, 2017)

Odd Tales originally debuted The Last Night, a pixel-parallax cyberpunk adventure game, a few months ago. However, during the Microsoft E3 press conference the developers managed to have their title showcased on the big stage in front of everyone, and people absolutely ate it up.

The cyberpunk game instantly began trending thanks to its unique take on the pixel art-style while combining it with a stark dystopian atmosphere and setting. The trailer that was on display during Microsoft’s conference was also published on the Raw Fury YouTube channel, the indie publishers helping Odd Tales get the title up and out for PC and Xbox One starting next year in 2018. You can check out the minute and a half long trailer below, featuring “Acid Rain” from Lorn.

Tiom Soret is heading up the direction of the game, and the mix of 3D environments and sprites overlaying vector actors helps give the game it’s really unique visual depiction.

Essentially the developers were able to use the sprites to undulate spectrums of light and shadows over them as if they were 3D objects. This is made abundantly clear with the one scene where various characters walk from in front of a neon blue-lit storefront that casts blue hues over their specular highlights, to under a blood-orange lamp where the highlights appropriately shift to red.

The Last Night - Cyberpunk Streets

It looks gorgeous.

The added effects of god-rays and light bleeding also helps bring the atmosphere and cityscape to life. The added elements of dynamic shadows helps illustrate dimension and perspective, as evident in the image below.

The Last Night - Wounded Light

Another really awesome sequence is the main character on a hovering car, where the foreground consists of tattered homes off to the side while the main character surfs the rooftop of the vehicle – some excellent use of dither and post-processing effects such as bokeh depth of field helps illuminate the focus of the scene.

The Last Night - Flying Car

This could end up being a surprise hit of the season when it launches in 2018.

While a lot of indie hipsters have worn out the 8-bit pixel style with a lot of cash-in games, Raw Fury and Odd Tales are moving in the opposite direction by using pixel inspired visuals to elevate them to the next level by infusing them with vibrant backgrounds that tell a story of poverty, excess, nihilism and apathy.

I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more from The Last Night, and it’s right up there with A Way Out as one of my personal favorites from this year’s E3 showcase.


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  • durka durka

    This game perfectly captures what cyberpunk is about, i wonder if cdprojekt red will be able to do the same thing.

    It gets it, it completly and utterly gets it.

    Hmm is this why this new gen of sensivitive identity showoff wanking kids hate the developer and demands that all games become the same? Because they are talentless, as evident by multiple game failure and dont understand the world nor they see that what makes those experiances special is not some jackass attention whore who cant stop telling us how gay and black he or she or zie is, but because they perfectly capture the setting they are trying to communicate to the player? After all a setting is based on the history of the people who live there not in how you perceive yourself to be, which is something no one cares about apart from you, but how the enviroment and the society is shaped due to certain events and cultures, things that the sjws seek to destroy…FOR COMMUNISM!!!!

  • MONAD

    Apparently people are flipping the fuck out because Tim was pro #gamergate, and Zoe Quinn’s diseased ridden puss is leading the charge against the Nazi Trash Developers.

    • Disqusted

      They’re constantly on the look out for a new free ride under the victimhood spotlight. It brings the big bux in, with no effort on their part.

  • Hawk Hopper

    Normally, I really hate shitty pixel art, but here they put a lot of attention on making everything moody and interestingly lit. I like how they’re using cyberpunk neons to light the characters and the environment and mixing the 2D stuff with 3D stuff. I am really surprised at how good this looked.

    The only bad thing is learning about this game because SJWs are crying because one of the devs supported Gamergate. But, on the other hand, the crybullies alerted me to a game that actually looks good, so after all this time, they finally did something right.

  • Hawk Hopper

    Normally, I really hate shitty pixel art, but here they put a lot of attention on making everything moody and interestingly lit. I like how they’re using cyberpunk neons to light the characters and the environment and mixing the 2D stuff with 3D stuff. I am really surprised at how good this looked.

    The only bad thing is learning about this game because SJWs are crying because one of the devs supported Gamergate. But, on the other hand, the crybullies alerted me to a game that actually looks good, so after all this time, they finally did something right.

    • Oh wow, the devs supported GamerGate? That’s cool news.

      • Hawk Hopper
        • LurkerJK

          This game is getting better the more i hear about it

        • Feminism Is Cancer.

          Morons like this person in this Tweet is the perfect example of a whiny SJW authoritarian crybully who is clearly trying to get the developer fired because of a difference of opinion.

          The so-called tolerant left as usual.

          Hopefully Microsoft tells this idiot to shove the disease that is feminism back up her rectum, and I advise everyone else to do so as well if you value free speech and tolerance of differing opinions.

          So expect the GamerGate-supporting developer to be fired soon and Microsoft to issue the usual cringeworthy grovelling apology to these parasites when they cave in then.

        • durka durka

          Why cant these fucks le it go? Seriously its like they will piss on your Grave when you die to make sure they have the last word.

          • Disqusted

            Because Soros pays them a fortune to continue destroying society.

        • Disqusted

          Because feminism is toxic. DUH.

          “Dear Microsoft why did you spotlight reality? REEEEE!”

      • Michael P

        Yeah Zoe’s havin’ a good ol’ sperg on Twatter.

        Free publicity FTW!

        • Good. I hope that he stands firm and doesn’t give him in to them.

          • Lionhart16

            My biggest fear is that Microsoft is gonna listen to these crybabies and decide to pull the plug on this game.

            FFS, if you don’t like the artist, then that’s on you.

            But. For. The. Love. Of. GOD……Judge. The art. On it’s own merits! How the flying fuck will do they enjoy things nowadays if they relate it to people who’s ideas disagree with theirs?

          • How the flying fuck will do they enjoy things nowadays if they relate it to people who’s ideas disagree with theirs?

            This is the thing that bothers me so much. These people are so petty and insecure that they have to destroy things that hurt their pathetic, infantile sensibilities. Hopefully Microsoft pays attention to the money they could make off The Last Night instead of listening to the perpetually offended.

          • Should keep an eye on this situation. Because from what I hear, the parasites have kicked up quite a fuss over the developer(s) who support GamerGate.

            Bet you Microsoft caves in though.

          • Already got an article scheduled to go up. It’s BS because the publisher handling his game caved in.

          • durka durka

            The problem isnt that they believe whatever they believe the problem is they dont shut up about it, you cant talk to them without them preaching down on you and without forcing those things in the games they make.

            Imagine if you played a game a few years ago and it was filled with neocon talking points.

            I am not American and i get pissed when a game is filled with MURICAN propaganda, by that i dont mean cod because in that game you either play as SAS against shephard or with exosuits.

          • If either side was using gaming as a vehicle for propaganda it would be bad. The thing that annoys me is exactly like what you mention: if it’s Leftist propaganda then it’s okay, but if it disagrees with Leftist propaganda then it’s bad.

          • If either side was using gaming as a vehicle for propaganda it would be bad. The thing that annoys me is exactly like what you mention: if it’s Leftist propaganda then it’s okay, but if it disagrees with Leftist propaganda then it’s bad.

          • durka durka

            obviously the left is good and ethical, you are a neocon for dissagreeing you disgusting scumbag.

            They are ethical you are a scum.

            What is so hard to understand?

            No its not more complicated than that, there is no diffirent shades of grey its black and white. You must be with black cus white is racist nuance context are not needed.

          • If either side was using gaming as a vehicle for propaganda it would be bad. The thing that annoys me is exactly like what you mention: if it’s Leftist propaganda then it’s okay, but if it disagrees with Leftist propaganda then it’s bad.

          • If either side was using gaming as a vehicle for propaganda it would be bad. The thing that annoys me is exactly like what you mention: if it’s Leftist propaganda then it’s okay, but if it disagrees with Leftist propaganda then it’s bad.

          • My biggest fear is that Microsoft is gonna listen to these crybabies and decide to pull the plug on this game.

            If people don’t want this to happen, fight back and attack back. Bombard Microsoft and let them know that these SJWs are nothing but lying manipulative crybullies who just want to ruin everything. Retweet it, share it, etc.

            Tell Microsoft in significant numbers that you’ll be boycotting their products if they cave in to the parasites. Retweet it, share it,etc.

            Make Microsoft think twice before they fire the developers.

            Being aggressive is the only way.

          • durka durka

            They can go ahead and pull it, its on steam

            http://store.steampowered.com/app/612400/The_Last_Night/

            Lord Gaben aint no snitch!!

    • hurin

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61wbMMwlvQA

      Nothing wrong with pixel art. The problem was that hack devs were using it as an excuse to be lazy, by pretending something was ‘retro’ when in reality it simply wasn’t drawn properly. But TLN looks really great.

    • Grey

      Think the difference here is that this isn’t shitty pixel art. It’s not trying to be “retro” as a shortcut for putting little effort into the visuals, but instead

      actually attempting something new and distinct with it’s visuals. Personally I enjoy it when a game takes an old concept or technique and really pushes it as far as they can.