The year is 2088.
Global warming has ravaged the planet, destroying many of the planet’s coastal cities and forcing others to either adapt or become swept away as the world’s continents shrink in mute surrender to the rising tides.
Wars and eco-terrorism, too, have left their scars on the planet, wiping out some nations and radically changing the geopolitical face of others. The Middle East is largely a radioactive wasteland, obliterated in an exchange of nuclear fire between Iran, Israel, Pakistan and India. The United States as it existed at the dawn of the 21st century is gone, replaced by a collection of smaller rogue nations born from the chaos of civil war and natural disasters.
The wireless computer network— widely known as The Deep —has become as pervasive as the choked, toxic air we breathe, exists as a digital overlay of the real world, accessible by those with a Tendril Access Processor—or TAP in the common vernacular—; a wireless modem for one’s mind. Gone are the days when people simply sit at a computer terminal and surf the net. Now, The Deep is experienced by projecting an avatar— a construct representing one’s digital self—out into the world to interact with the Hyper and Virtual world. Security programs, more commonly known as virtual entities, protect Domains— massive computer systems which house the dirty secrets of the megacorps —from rogue hackers who would plunder these secrets and sell them on the black market.
Into this shadowy world of political intrigue, corporate hegemony and urban decay come your characters—ronin, freelancers who do the jobs nobody else can, or wants to do. You can assume the roles of shadow operatives who rage against the corporate machine, private detectives cut from a noir-inspired cloth, fearless, larger than life heroes piloting mecha in a futuristic, transhumanist Japan- even survivors gutting it out in a post-apocalyptic wasteland filled with mutant horrors or AI-spawned mechanical nightmares are viable concepts in Interface Zero. Interface Zero is more than just a game setting, it is a toolbox you can use, adding or dropping whichever elements you wish to create the sci-fi game world that you and your friends want to play in.