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Oxenfree Feels Like Everything My Rebellious Teenage Self Wanted in a Game

Yeah, I was totally that cool kid who got invited to all the creepy island parties.

Were you ever that kid in high school? You know, the one who always snuck off into abandoned buildings or into places you know you shouldn’t be? Then you’ll find something special about the trailer for Oxenfree, a project by Night School Studios.

Not only does it look like it’s equal parts Kentucky Route Zero, Night in the Woods, and Life is Strange, but it also captures that vibe of being a rebellious teenager and doing things you shouldn’t be doing.

According to the website, the premise is pretty simple:

You play as Alex, a bright, rebellious teenaged girl who brings her new stepbrother Jonas to an overnight party on a decommissioned military island. The festivities are framed by a dangerous sneak to a forbidden beach, celebrating with friends and navigating prickly situations with enemies. But the night takes a horrifying turn when you unwittingly open a ghostly rift spawned from the island’s cryptic past. How you deal with these events, your peers, and the ominous creatures you’ve unleashed is up to you.

As stated earlier, the visual style is incredibly reminiscent of Kentucky Route Zero, another game that features intricate dialogue choices set against an artfully depicted yet altogether creepy setting. The voice acting in the trailer sounds stellar, as well. Looking forward to getting reminded about some of my finest awkward teenager moments.

You know, just with less creepy abandoned military bases.

Oxenfree is hoping for a release in late 2015.

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Jessica Lachenal is a writer who doesn’t talk about herself a lot, so she isn’t quite sure how biographical info panels should work. But here we go anyway. She's the Weekend Editor for The Mary Sue, a Contributing Writer for The Bold Italic (, and a Staff Writer for Spinning Platters ( She's also been featured in Model View Culture and Frontiers LA magazine, and on Autostraddle. She hopes this has been as awkward for you as it has been for her.