What is 0°N 0°W? I’ve had serious questions about whether this was a game, an experience, or something in-between ever since the game got the reveal trailer in early December. Described by developer Colorfiction as almost every buzzword under the sun, the game’s trailers have been evocative and surreal — to say the least. And those interested to find out exactly what this experience has in store can do so on PC beginning March 1, 2018.
0°N 0°W (pronounced “Zero North, Zero West” is — according to Colorfiction — a “first-person surreal exploration adventure of visual auditory stimuli.” In other words, I’m imagining Dear Esther and Protus but on MDMA. More importantly, the game boasts non-linear gameplay, open world environments, procedural level progression, and a whopping seven hours of continuous music.
The game has been in development since early 2014 based on the concept of “Null Island” — an actual imaginary island located at 0°N 0°E with some interesting history. The game had a quick stint as project dream.sim on itch.io, before it was Steam Greenlit (RIP). Interestingly, Colorfiction was also invited to join the Nintendo Developer Program, however according to a Colorfiction representative they are focused “squarely on the PC launch.”
The release date is accompanied by the perplexing teaser, with a woman walking through real-world environments as the visuals shift around her. The ambient music sometimes gets interrupted by real world stimuli, before she slowly fades back into her dream-like state.
As mentioned above, 0°N 0°W is launching exclusively for PC on March 1, 2018. You can check out that teaser trailer below, alongside a punctuated image gallery: