If you enjoyed Ghostrunner, then perhaps Severed Steel should be the next thing to watch out for; a single-player FPS with a focus on acrobatics and just a few bullets left in the chamber.
From Digerati and Greylock Studio, you play as Steel, who loses her arm and is abandoned by her employer, mega-corp EdenSys. Standing up for her peers, she vows to seek revenge in a destructible voxel environment. Yes!
It’s all about chaining actions together in Severed Steel as a one-armed protagonist, bouncing off obstacles with an abundance of bullet time. Taking inspiration from Mirror’s Edge, F.E.A.R., and much more, this game is about zero reloads, using a fluid stunt system.
Key features in Severed Steel include:
- A unique fighter: Play as Steel, a nimble, one-armed sharpshooter on a mission. There is no reloading – pick your shots well and be ready to pry a loaded weapon from your enemies’ cold dead hands
- Stylish combat: Dodge bullets, leap off walls, slide kick, throw weapons – do whatever it takes to come out on top in intense and frenzied firefights
- Fully destructible environment: Pepper through plaster with sharp 4.7 mm rounds, punch through thick concrete with .50 cal slugs, or make big holes in things with your arm cannon
- Dynamic AI: No two battles are the same thanks to dynamic, unscripted, squad-based AI
Here’s the cool bit, from my perspective. The developer, Greylock Studio, consists of Matt Larrabee – a former teacher who taught themself C++ before moving onto Unreal Engine 4 and starting work on Severed Steel in 2019.
I’ve always loved shooters and felt my skills as a game developer were ready for a new challenge… I want Severed Steel to give players a feeling of entering a flow state in a chaotic environment. I want them to find themselves diving through the air, only a couple rounds left in their magazine, with bullets whizzing by, rockets tearing up the environment, but they feel if they stay sharp they can come out on top.Matt Larrabee
Here’s a trailer thus far:
Alas, you’re not going to see a ‘Severed Steel out next week’ statement, but it is set for Q3 2021 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. We can all but wait.