Greedfall Developer Spiders Announces Alt-History Adventure Steelrising

Greedfall Developer Spiders Announces Alt-History Adventure Steelrising

Can robots have cake?

Spiders has leapt from setting to setting with its past games, ranging from fantasy to science fiction, and its next project maintains the trend. Steelrising is the new action-RPG from Spiders, featuring automatons warring in the streets of Paris.

Announced during today's Nacon Connect stream, Steelrising is an alternate take on real history, similar to 2019's colonial-era Greedfall. But unlike Greedfall, which really just used places and ideas, Steelrising has some real-life characters too. The main character is an automaton bodyguard of Queen Marie Antoniette's named Aegis, sent to find their creator, while battling through the streets of Paris against the robotic army of King Louis XVI.

Spiders president and co-founder Jehanne Rousseau said during the stream that Steelrising will be a "much more action-focused approach" compared to previous Spiders games. While there's also mention of side quests and loot, it also sounds like it'll lean a bit more towards the active side of things, though we've yet to see gameplay.

The studio's previous game, Greedfall, was a comfort food game made up of older BioWare-style design, though it struggled to handle the telling of colonial-themed stories. Tackling the French Revolution era, with a heavy smattering of Dishonored-esque automatons, might be an interesting fit for the team. I'm at least interested to see the attempt. King Louis XVI creating an automaton Skynet to crack down on the nascent French Revolution is certainly an intriguing backdrop.

Steelrising is headed for PC and next-gen consoles. No release window has been set as of yet.

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