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You are the last human taxi driver in a desperate future where the last remains of civilization are propped up by surveillance, automation and human modification. The hours are long, and the pay is terrible – but hey, at least you have a job!

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At The End Of
The World

You are the last human taxi driver in a desperate future where the last remains of civilization are propped up by surveillance, automation and human modification. The hours are long, and the pay is terrible – but hey, at least you have a job!

Game
Overview

The Last Taxi is a Virtual Reality (VR) action-management conversation game. Focused on topical issues surrounding automation, climate change, trans-humanism and class division, The Last Taxi is set in Progress Point a politically and economically-divided sprawling metropolis that has fully embraced automation and human modification, creating a satirical and somberly-surreal vision of the future.

As the last human driver you’ll meet a diverse cast of passengers, each with their own tailored conversations that act as self-contained mini-stories, and be drawn into a family-focused story campaign that will lead you deep into the divided heart of Progress Point.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is ZenFri?

ZenFri Inc is the Canadian indie development studio behind The Last Taxi. The game’s art, design, narrative and code production are all created in-house by a small team of passionate developers.

What is The Last Taxi about?

You are the last human taxi driver in a desperate future where the last remains of civilization are propped up by surveillance, automation and human modification. The hours are long, and the pay is terrible – but hey, at least you have a job!

When a fatally wounded member of an anti-technology cult leaves you with what appears to be an undocumented infant, you’re thrust into a dark network of secrets – unravelling a conspiracy that could shake Progress Point to its core. The Last Taxi is a multi-tasking VR cab adventure, where the choices you make lead the city in dramatically different directions.

How Can I Buy the Game?

Currently, the game is COMING SOON but you can Wishlist it on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/398990/The_Last_Taxi/

We plan to release on all major PC-based VR platforms.

What VR Hardware is Supported?

We strive to support all major PC-based VR devices, including HTC Vive, HTC Vive Pro, HTC Vive Cosmos, Valve Index, HP Reverb, Oculus Rift, Oculus Rift S and most other headsets that support Windows Mixed Reality or Steam VR.

What’s the minimum and recommended spec for The Last Taxi?

While we’ve yet to finalize the release specification for the game, our goal is to support the same minimum and recommended specs set out by major hardware manufacturers like Oculus, Valve and HTC. We plan to support the same min spec used for the original Oculus CV1 and HTC Vive.

MINIMUM:

    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel i3-6100 / AMD Ryzen 3 1200, FX4350 or greater
    • Memory: 12 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti / AMD Radeon RX 470 or greater
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Virtual Reality Headset Required

RECOMMENDED:

    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel i7-6800K / AMD Ryzen 5 2600 or greater
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1070 Ti / AMD RX 5700 or greater
    • Storage: 15 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Virtual Reality Headset Required

What do you do in the game?

As a transport specialist, your job is to earn fares and maximize tips by keeping passengers safe and comfortable as you traverse the treacherous flyways of Progress Point. The objective? To earn enough credits to survive the automated future and maybe, just maybe make a difference.

The only thing more perilous than traversing the city is the conversations with passengers themselves! With an eclectic cast of characters, varied dialogue choices and multiple endings for each passenger, you can choose to keep the tips rolling, probe deep to uncover criminal activity or be a jerk for the fun of it. It’s up to you!

Keep in mind, gaining the trust of each passenger and helping them through their problems can be very lucrative – so, even if the job feels dehumanizing remember it pays to pretend you care. That said, we’d be lying if we told you being a good person was the only way to succeed. Heck, it isn’t even the fastest way to make money! With all the regulations in this city, reporting criminal activity is the fastest way to make a buck. Either way, getting people to open up is key to success.

Finally, if you really aren’t sociable, there are a few extra options available to more advanced drivers such as hacking government toll booths or hijacking cargo – these aren’t “above board” but when you’ve earned a high enough License Level you’ll unlock these revenue streams and other ways to make a little extra cash. Life in Progress Point is tough, so remember, a dollar stolen is a dollar earned! 

Features:

Earn tips by navigating through 80 treacherous, quirky, and haunting choice-driven passenger conversations.

Aid and abet criminal passengers, help them reconsider their actions or report them to the authorities.

Upgrade your taxi with new tools allowing for hijacking cargo, hacking toll booths, enhanced customer experience and more!

Maximize fares by managing malfunctioning equipment, avoiding environmental hazards, and keeping your passengers comfortable.

Experience a rich and detailed world of technological headquarters, mountaintop temples, sunken metropolises and pirate-infested underworlds.

10 hours of gameplay with 20+ unique choice-driven endings.

What is the game world like?

In the future, you got what you asked for: talking robots (able to ease the burden of humanity), rockets to off-world colonies, lots of free time, and safety only a totalitarian state could provide.

Oh and flying cars! Yup! We finally figured that out — so trust us, the future is a lot of fun. 

Regardless, life in Progress Point is going pretty great. As the only remaining city on Earth, we did what no one else could, survived environmental and economic collapse through unfretted capitalism and a commitment to humanity altering—errrr… enhancing technology. 

We don’t really know what killed off most of humanity, the records from the late 21st Century are…spotty, but our best scientists seem to indicate widespread apathy and procrastination on a global scale as important factors to our decline. Status quo reigned and we’re the societal afterbirth, filled with various factions that believe in one kooky thing or another like “equality” and “the power human spirit”.

Oh, but that makes it sound so bleak. Really, there is a bright side.

No one needs to work anymore! The brunt of the workforce has been given to automatons!

…Well unless you personally didn’t harbour a vault of cash before the collapse. If you’re among the unlucky, about 99% of the population, you’ll still need to find some way to make some income, pay the bills, and find your niche in a world run by capitalists, bureaucrats and automation. As a human, you’ll just have to be creative and think outside the processor.

How long is the Last Taxi?

A single playthrough is expected to take about 8 hours, but with multiple ending and more open ending play options, the total playtime can be much longer.

What makes The Last Taxi special?

It’s a massive, complicated world with a large and diverse cast of characters. The game is infused with environmental storytelling as well as choice-driven conversations that can take the player to over 20 different endings some of which can shake Progress Point to the core.

The Last Taxi is set in a future where many of the existential challenges facing us today have been pushed to their limits. Pushed so far that the easy options are gone, but one way or another you must make a choice.

Each passenger is handcrafted and fully voice-acted – with 3-to-5 minute branching conversations. So, while the game itself has many endings, the majority of passengers also have diverse endings of their own.

The final piece is the scope and diversity of characters. There are 75 passengers, and they run the gambit of class, sexuality, gender, humanity and ideology – we try to paint each of them in a complex way, allowing the player to decide what to do. We see each of them almost as thought experiments. The player is not told they’re good or bad for what they do or say – but there are consequences.

Similarly, it’s not a game where the rich are just simple, mustache-twirling villains – they have problems and are trapped in the system just like everyone else – though their concerns may be a lot different than say a migrant seeking refuge despite bans on migration.

Outside the storytelling, it also has a lot of unique mechanics to help improve fares or for making money on the side. For example, you can use a tractor beam to steal cargo from drones, hack toll booths, and report people to the authorities. Each of these systems could have formed the core mechanic of other smaller-scale Indie games – whereas for us it’s optional but still compelling.

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