"It's a tragedy," Elliott says. "The story's a tragedy, it's a tragic ending. Hopefully it won't be too bleak, but it's in that tradition." During his panel on Tuesday, Elliott presented a few works of inspiration: the classic Americana morbidity in Death of a Salesman and the Southern Gothic vibe from Flannery O'Connor. This ending will most likely take place within the drawling Southern universe that Kentucky Route Zero inhabits, complete with its introspective mood, superstitious overtones and twangy blues soundtrack. But at its heart, Kentucky Route Zero is a game about credit default swaps, payday loans, sub-prime mortgages and health insurance loopholes. Really.

Kentucky Route Zero episode 2 due in April, tragic finale set for January | Joystiq