Nacon and Spiders have revealed Steelrising, a robot-infused alternate history set during the reign of King Louis XVI, the last king of France. The game will be “coming soon” to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and PC.
In Steelrising, you play as Aegis, the robotic bodyguard of Queen Marie-Antoinette, ordered to find your creator and put and end to the tyranny of King Louis XVI and the robot army he is using to crack down on the French Revolution. The Paris depicted in the game includes many monuments and famous locations, including those that no longer exist, including the Grand Chatelet and the Tour du Temple.
Spiders are better known for their RPGs, such as Greedfall, so this will be a more action oriented game from the studio, but what’s most intriguing is the world that they’ve created for the game. You aren’t restricted to running around Paris at ground level, with the game having enhanced movement for both traversal that might let you enter buildings on upper floors to discover secrets. Sounds a bit Assassin’s Creed-y, doesn’t it?
Aegis has weapons built into her body, with items found while exploring letting you make her more powerful, more durable, or more mobile. There’s seven families of weapons, which could be built into her arms, alchemical rifles for long range, or more powerful and forceful options as well.
Spiders have certainly grown through the past generation, with increasingly ambitious RPGs released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Steelrising certainly sounds like their most inventive to date.
Looking back at our Greedfall review, Gareth said:
“Greedfall has an ambitious story, but it’s not backed up by the clearly repeated environments, simple combat and dull abilities that take ages to unlock. However, seasoned RPG players might well be able able to look past those flaws in favour of the interesting, well written stories about political manoeuvres and oppression that make up the bulk of the quests in this pretty dark, deep world.”