Ghostrunner, the upcoming FPP action game from One More Level and All In! Games, has been announced via a new trailer:
The trailer for Ghostrunner doesn't give much away aside from an electric-blue whip and a lot of parkour, and it's in the video description and newly-live Steam page where most of the information comes from. Ghostrunner is set in a post-apocalyptic, cyberpunk world, in which a "global cataclysam" forced the survivors to take up residence in "humanity's last remaining shelter, a great tower-city" built by the Architect, a mysterious figure who apparently died just as mysteriously long before.
What's left of the world is now ruled by the Keymaster. Society is now defined by "the category of implants" a person has. There seems to be no free choice left: these implants, given out in childhood, even decide "which social group a person belongs to" and "If you weren't lucky enough to get a good life, there is nothing you can do." Post-apocalyptic and cyberpunk appear to be popular themes in gaming lately, as is probably most obvious with Cyberpunk 2077. In addition, Frostpunk is coming to consoles later this year. As a management survival sim game it's completely different to Ghostrunner, but both feature the interesting idea of humanity's last city, and last presence on Earth.
Ghostrunner sees the player take on the role of a cyber-warrior, who seems to be the sole character able to fight both in the physical world and in cyberspace. Players unlock secrets about the tower as they ascend it, gaining more knowledge and revealing "the mystery behind the structure that houses humanity's last hope". Presumably, the Keymaster would be at the top, meaning that the player would need every ounce of information before being able to take them on. "High mobility of the main character, one-hit-one-kill, and bullet-time mechanics" are integral to gameplay, "which focuses on fast-paced, high-adrenaline combat." This much is clear in the trailer, in which the protagonist jumps from wall to wall, and swings themselves across gaps with the help of their whip.
Gamescom is only hours away. When Nibel tweeted about the Ghostrunner trailer, Geoff Keighley, host of the Gamescom Opening Night, simply replied "Interesting". Perhaps this means we'll learn more about Ghostrunner when the Opening Night kicks off later. The game itself is set to release in August next year.
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