The original Not Tonight, released in 2018, painted a very bleak artistic portrait of the European world, making a clear exploration of anti-Brexit systemic racism. Now publisher No More Robots and developer Panic Barn set their sights on American beaches using not tonight 2.
Not Tonight 2 is set in a completely unaltered world where American society has been making its way to the toilet except for Mad Max. Lady Liberty is underwater in New York Harbor, Miami has replaced nightlife with gulag magic, and churches have taken some cues from Las Vegas on how to draw a flock.
As for how to pass the time in this nightmare, your friend Eduardo has been captured by cops and awaits deportation at Camp Miami, and three of his friends (all young, non-white) have to trek across the country and get his documents or risk losing their friend forever.
Just like the original game, you’ll pay for your way around the country by working in nightclubs, chicken factories, churches, and old-fashioned worship complexes. It’s a mix of papers, please verify identity using visual novels and RPG mechanics, complete with several mini-games meant to express how the country has failed. The map of the outside world makes you travel from city to city, restaurant to restaurant, so I’m really curious how the game would deal with different kinds of discrimination in a place like the South uses it versus NIMBY’s neoliberal vibes in San Francisco. Night 2 was not written by three POC authors, so there is hope that the story will be meaningful, or at least vaguely entertaining.
In our reviewPhil Iwanyuk noted Not Tonight was very outspoken about the big picture of racism displayed in a post-Brexit world, but excelled at all the little moments that illustrate the informal discrimination that perpetuates things, including the bar owner who loves his work . Migrant employees because they are the “good guys”. Not Tonight is currently 50% off on Steam If you want to try it out.
Not Tonight 2 is due to be released sometime this year.