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Steelrising is an action role-playing game set in the dirty streets of 18th-century Paris in the midst of the French Revolution. Oh, and there are robots. Most of these killer clock robots belong to King Louis XVI himself and are designed to protect the doomed monarchy from revolutionaries. Like Aegis, an android guard belonging to Marie Antoinette, you will have to use your superhuman abilities to fight these forces and presumably the king himself.
It sounds wild and promising. Spiders has a reputation for ambitious role-playing games that are a bit difficult: think Greedfall, The Technomancer, and Mars: War Logs, among others. Steelrising appears to be moving forward in action, with Spiders CEO Jehanne Rousseau writing that she has "a strong emphasis on hectic combat."
“If you’ve ever played Souls, SteelRising will sound familiar to you,” Rousseau keep on. "And this is one of the reasons why we wanted you to play as an automaton: Aegis is much more acrobatic than any human being could be. It brings great agility and verticality to any fight. In addition, throughout your adventure you will unlock several tools, opening up new avenues for exploration and new gameplay possibilities during combat. "
The images above definitely carry his Souls influences with pride, which combine with Sekiro’s speed and agility and Bloodborne’s dark Victorian setting. Aegis is fast with melee attacks, but also includes projectiles.
Greedfall was pretty heavy in combat, though Lauren wrote ours review which "wasn't particularly exciting." If you cite the Souls series as an influence, you have a very steep hill to make this fight live up to expectations. Hopefully Spiders will get it when Steelrising releases in June 2022.