The year 2064 may seem like a long way off, but it's coming – or rather coming back – sooner than you think in Neurodiver, the sequel to MidBoss's retro-styled cyberpunk adventure 2064: Read Only Memories.
Your city is under attack by a "rogue Esper, a naturally gifted psychic," who is "on the loose and wreaking havoc through the subconscious minds of Neo-San Francisco." Players control ES88, a "telepath employed by a powerful organization called MINERVA specializing in neurotechnology and extrasensory projection phenomena." You'll be equipped with a Neurodiver, a "powerful genetically engineered device allowing ES88 to dive into others' memories," but it came with a high cost, as "ES88 gave up her identity and memories" to acquire it. Now you must put this special ability to good use as you "track down this mysterious rogue known as the Golden Butterfly by using the Neurodiver to search the memories in which it hides."
The narrative-driven sequel promises "overhauled art" and "even more anime than before" but is presented in the same pixel art style as its predecessor, dividing the screen into graphic and text sections on the top and bottom, respectively. Returning players will find many "friendly and familiar faces including Jess Meas, the gene-spliced, hybrid lawyer; TOMCAT, the notorious hacker; and Lexi Rivers, former police officer turned private eye." But the new game will also introduce new characters, locations, and gameplay including the "Neurodiver’s Deep Dive mechanic [that] enables ES88 to identify, manipulate, and unlock information, though overuse can irreparably corrupt her target's memory." How you approach the mystery will determine which of the multiple endings you experience.
Currently in development for Windows and Mac, Read Only Memories: Neurodiver is on track to launch sometime in 2020. In the meantime, you can follow the game's progress through its official website.