Tʜɪs ᴛᴏp-ᴅᴏwn ᴀᴄᴛiᴏɴ ɢᴀᴍᴇ ɪs ɪɴspiʀᴇᴅ ʙʏ Grᴀɴd Tʜᴇft Auᴛᴏ 2, tʜᴇ ᴡᴇirdest GTA. Set ɪɴ a neᴏɴ-lɪᴛ dysᴛᴏᴘiᴀɴ ᴄɪᴛʏ, ɪᴛ's a ɢᴀᴍᴇ ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ drivɪɴg ᴄᴀʀs, brawlɪɴg wɪᴛh gᴀɴgs ᴀɴd cults, ᴀɴd caᴜsɪɴg chaos ɪɴ tʜᴇ colᴏᴜʀful urbᴀɴ sprawl ᴏꜰ a ᴅᴀʀᴋ, dɪstᴀɴt future. Toᴅᴀʏ, publɪsʜᴇr Daedalic reveaʟᴇᴅ thᴀᴛ tʜᴇ ɢᴀᴍᴇ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ ʙᴇ ʜɪᴛtɪɴg Sᴛᴇᴀᴍ Early Access ᴏɴ Augᴜst 11—ᴀɴd ɪᴛ accompᴀɴied tʜᴇ ᴀɴɴᴏunceᴍᴇnt wɪᴛh a ɴᴇᴡ tʀᴀɪʟer, ᴡʜɪᴄʜ ʏᴏᴜ cᴀɴ wᴀᴛch ᴀʙᴏᴠᴇ.
It all looks very chaotic and action-packed, but developer Dark Lord promises there's more to Glitchpunk than just explosions and futuristic shootouts. "[The game] also tells a compelling story of transhumanism, xenophobia, and religion," the studio says. "You can influence the world around you, make new friends, face off against more enemies than you can count—and perhaps, just perhaps, convert an enemy's aversion to affection."
Glitchpunk sees you playing as a "glitching android" rebelling against its own programming "and challenging the tyrannical governments and megacorps of the dystopain near-future." On your journey you'll encounter drug-crazed gangsters and aggressive police, who you can fight with a choice of melee weapons and guns. Pretty standard cyberpunk videogame stuff by the sounds of it, but the pace and brightly coloured violence of the combat looks pretty fun.
Glitchpunk's initial Early Access release will contain two cities—Outpost Texas and New Baltia. Then, further down the line, Moscow and Neo Tokyo will be added. That's pretty ambitious for an indie game. Other features include the ability to hack into stuff, including the minds of pedestrians, and 10 levels of police escalation, putting GTA 2's six to shame. The developer is also promising GTA-style radio stations with a mix of music and fake commercials.