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Mixtape: Everything We Know

Sweet, sweet nostalgia. Thanks to the upcoming game, Mixtape, you’ll soon be swimming in a huge pool of it. Get ready to embark on the last summer break of your dreams. You know, the one where you go all out before adulting fully kicks in. Mixtape plans to take you back to the carefree lifestyle, dashed with Life is Strange vibes and a heavy dose of nostalgia. It plans to thrive on throwing caution to the wind, crafting an emotionally charged adventure that every gamer will surely love.

But before we get ahead of ourselves, let's go over everything we know about Mixtape to get a sense of what you can expect in the final game.  

What is Mixtape?

frineds in a dorm

Mixtape is an upcoming narrative-driven adventure. It plans to tap into the ‘80s greatest hits in a soundtrack that could easily turn into a “Can you guess the song?” feast. From the trailer, Mixtape seems to draw heavy inspiration from Life is Strange. However, the new game plans to put a spin on how you unravel the story. Specifically, you’ll play a mixtape that transports you into different wild adventures in a “teenage wasteland.”

Story

Friends skating

It’s the last day of high school. You and two of your friends are planning to embark on one more adventure together. Guided by a mixtape, you play through a collection of your memories. Through the memories, you’ll dive into all sorts of adventures. All along, playing to the “soundtrack of a generation.”

While on the way to the final party together, an intriguing playlist comes on that sends you and your friends on wild adventures, reenacting your favorite memories. You’ll explore different storylines that infuse the “pivotal moments” that have shaped your high school experiences. “It's the greatest hits of teenage friendship, from the first kiss to the last dance.”

You’ll dive deep into the different teenage experiences, all unraveled through a mixtape whose music grants you “cosmic abilities.” You’ll unlock your skateboarding prowess and fly to abandoned parks to take photos. You’ll play baseball and shoot fireworks, watching the sparks fly from your car’s backseat, among many other high school shenanigans. 

Gameplay

Driving on the beach in a convertable

Mixtape’s gameplay seems to take a hands-off approach to gameplay. You’re following along on a teen adventure, with possible dialogue choices that influence the outcome of the story. Perhaps players will be able to select songs from the mixtape. All we know is that the gameplay will take you through a “variety of narrative vignettes.”

Nostalgia-based games are quite a ton. The trick is whether they can pull you in enough to stick with it till the end. One of the ways Mixtape can ensure players remain engaged is via immersive gameplay. It’s all going to come down to how flawlessly the developing team executes the idea.

In the trailer, one of the characters says her mixtape gives her “strange, almost cosmic talent,” which suggests characters gaining special abilities. The trailer shows the characters fly. At its core, though, Mixtape plans to craft a compelling narrative adventure. “Skate. Party. Avoid the law,” reads Mixtape’s description on Steam, wrapping up with “Make out. Sneak out. Hang out.”

Development

Two friends taking a walk in a forest

Developer Beethoven and Dinosaur and publisher Annapurna Interactive are currently working on Mixtape. Beethoven and Dinosaur’s first video game, The Artful Escape, won the BAFTA Award for Artistic Achievement. Annapurna Interactive, on the other hand, has worked on games like What Remains of Edith Finch and The Outer Wilds

Now, the developing and publishing team is gearing up to launch Mixtape. As is to be expected, gamers’ expectations are at an all-time high. Some are even predicting that Mixtape may offer a better experience than the upcoming Life is Strange direct sequel. Of course, it’s too early to tell. Mixtape has only just been announced to be in development via the Xbox Games Showcase 2024 event. 

Still, you can look forward to a wholesome experience that taps into the classic coming-of-age movies' aesthetic. It has an adolescent fun vibe to its narrative, alongside bittersweet feelings that come with growth and moving on. You can also look forward to a fantastic soundtrack, with Lush, Roxy Music, Iggy Pop, the Banshees, and many more set to feature in the upcoming game’s music score.

Trailer

MIXTAPE | Reveal Trailer

“My mixtapes bend others to my will” kicks off the Mixtape reveal trailer out now on YouTube. “It’s a strange, almost cosmic talent,” the character continues, cueing a skateboarding crew of friends speeding down into the sunset. Check out some of the adventures the teenagers in Mixtape will be getting up to in the trailer video embedded above. From mischief to causing trouble just for the fun of it, Mixtape’s narrative will capitalize fully on throwing caution to the wind. 

But it’ll also cross over to the cosmos with two scenes showing the characters fly. Whether said cosmic abilities only carry the story forward or will infuse engaging gameplay—perhaps combat, a “saving your friends” scenario, remains to be seen. For now, the developing team has our interest peaked, and we can’t wait to find out more. 

Release Date, Platforms, & Editions

Girl in dorm room

Mixtape will be launching sometime in 2025. Unfortunately, we don’t know when the exact release date will be, but we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop as soon as it’s confirmed. 

Platforms, on the other hand, have been confirmed. Mixtape will be coming to Xbox Series X/S via Xbox Game Pass from Day One and PC platforms via Steam. Mixtape’s Steam store page is already out. So, feel free to add the game to your Steam wishlist to get a notification as soon as it drops.

As for the editions, they remain unconfirmed at the time of writing. For now, you can follow the official social media handle here to keep track of updates. Alternatively, stick with us right here on gaming.net, where we post new information on games.

So, what’s your take? Will you be grabbing a copy of Mixtape when it drops? Let us know over on our socials here.

Evans I. Karanja is a freelance writer who loves to write about anything technology. He is always on the lookout for interesting topics, and enjoys writing about video games, cryptocurrency and blockchain and more. When not writing, he can be found playing video games or watching F1.