Remember that scene in Akira the place Tetsuo steals Kaneda’s bike and will get the ever-loving shit kicked out of him by a road gang? If you’ve got ever watched that scene and thought “Man, that could be me!” you then would possibly need to look into RUNNER, a model new VR biker title headed to PS5 and PC.
Developed by indie outfit Truant Pixel, RUNNER soaks up the type of traditional cyberpunk anime, capturing the environment of flicks reminiscent of Akira, Ghost in the Shell, and Patlabor – an aesthetic fantastically dubbed “Cassette Futurism” by the developer. Players will don the biker leathers of black market mod courier Mina, as she snakes her method via the sectors of “The Thoroughfare”, relentlessly pursued by brokers of the Caldara company.
Mina weapons (actually) via site visitors at breakneck speeds, weaving in and out of automobiles whereas partaking in full 360-degree firefights together with her dogged attackers. Power-ups and weapons lie dotted all through the setting, with some heavy-duty firepower required in order to take down a few of Caldara’s extra devastating drones, tanks, and different closely armored symbols of future-capitalism. Between every mission, Mina can take day out to spend her ill-gotten positive factors on a variety of customized bikes, making certain that her distinct type shines via as she leaves the world splattered on the asphalt behind her.
Even from this early trailer, RUNNER seems to be like an absolute blast, (if slightly dizzying). VR has by no means actually been my factor – I received burned by “Virtuality” in the mid-’90s – but when any title is prone to get me donning the helmet and coming into our on-line world as soon as once more, This would possibly simply be it.
RUNNER is at the moment in improvement for PS5 and PC.