game news Steelrising: The French Revolution action game inspired by Bloodborne and the Jedi Fallen Order
Spiders has earned a reputation as a little game after game with Action-RPG fans. After the remarkable Victorian era of Greedfall, Parisian studios have revisited another period of history at Steelrising. A chronic French revolution in the spotlight in 2022.
During BigBen Week organized by publisher Nacon, the editorial team at JV were able to attend a 30-minute presentation of Steelrising led by Spiders Studios. Unfortunately, we did not have the opportunity to take this version on hand, as the game is still in development.
- 1789: Chronic French Revolution
- Action RPG: From Bloodborne to Jedi Fallen Order
1789: Chronic French Revolution
Steelrising began in 1789 in the center of the turbulent city of Paris. In this old version of the French Revolution, King Louis XVI, passionate about mechanized machines, imposes a curfew and suppresses rebels in blood with the help of his mechanized troops. The plot, which lasts one “night”, focuses on the character of Aegis. This robot dancer, who once performed at the court of the King’s Watchmaker, receives an order to protect Marie Antoinette from popular rebellion.
On a particularly harsh night, The Queen of the French Kingdom has asked her robotic bodyguard to roam the streets of the capital to find her creator… Eugène Vaucanson. He is the nephew (the fictitious) of the robot inventor Jacques Vaucanson who died in 1782. For information, the latter became famous thanks to the “Canard de Vaucanson” created in 1734. Although the king’s motives are still murky, Aegis goes to town .
The Spiders Studios promises quite an honorable age without going too far. According to the developers, it will take Between 15 and 20 hours of playing to reach the end of the adventure And travel via Postcard in Paris. From Saint Cloud (an introduction to the game) to the Tuileries via La Cité, Les Invalides, etc. This ruined and above all covered French capital is an invitation to explore. Steelrising is organized around several semi-open areas and encourages you to come back. Like Metroidvania, acquiring certain tools and/or skills opens up new avenues of exploration.
Action RPG: From Bloodborne to Jedi Fallen Order
Since Mars: War Logs in 2013, Spiders has focused on a specific genre, even sub-genre … Action-RPG, and over time has developed a certain knowledge in this area. So it’s no surprise that Steelrising is an action-oriented RPG. However, the Paris studios are inspired in 2022 by the titles that have marked the world of video games in recent years. Their new creation, by their own admission, is drawn from Bloodborne, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and finally Nioh, and takes back some playful principles.
It must be recognized that these effects are felt, particularly at the level of battles that are meant to be more demanding than they have been in the past. Steelrising challenges players without making difficulty the core of the experience. Although pets, made up entirely of robots, can be challenging, especially the bosses, the adventure is meant to be within everyone’s reach. Spiders has integrated an “Assist” mode for less experienced players in order to manage difficulty via several “a la carte” options that allow, among other things, damage reduction, etc.
The combat system is similar to the aforementioned From Software with its mixture of long-range melee and combo attacks, fast-paced dodges, and stamina management. however, Steelrising frees itself from its paradigm by adding an air dimension to the clashes and outright “cooling off”. This automatic mechanic instantly refills the stamina gauge. Be careful not to abuse it, or it will remain completely frozen for several seconds, and therefore will be vulnerable.
RPG game required, Customization and the rise of the heroine in order. Aegis can display many faces, to be selected at the beginning of the game (and only at the beginning of the game), wear different clothes and, in addition to the purely cosmetic aspect, give rewards and / or penalties. Arsenal is no exception. The seven types of melee weapons, which are added to the ones from the distance, open up a range of opportunities that have a strong impact on the gameplay. All of these options, and much more, are available via Vestal arranged within different levels. These specific places, reminiscent of the campfires in the Souls saga and more recently those of the Elden Ring, also serve as save points.
Steelrising will be released on September 8, 2022 on PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.