Play news Steelrising: An action game from the French Revolution inspired by Bloodborne and the Jedi Fallen Order
Spiders have gained a small reputation game after game with Action RPG enthusiasts. After the stunning Victorian era with Greedfall, the Paris studios visit another period of history in Steelrising. An unchronic French revolution is in the spotlight in 2022.
During BigBen Week hosted by publisher Nacon, the editorial staff at JV was able to attend a 30-minute presentation of Steelrising led by the Spiders studios. Unfortunately, we did not have the opportunity to take this version in hand as the game is still under development.
- 1789: An unchronic French revolution
- An Action RPG: From the Blood Bearer to the Jedi Fallen Order
1789: An unchronic French revolution
Steelrising begins in 1789 in the middle of a city in Paris that has been thrown into chaos. In this non-chronic version of the French Revolution, the sovereign Louis XVI, who is passionate about vending machines, establishes a curfew and suppresses the rebels in the blood with the help of his mechanized troops. The plot, which lasts a single “night”, focuses on the character Aegis. This dancer-vending machine, which once appeared at the court of the watchmaker king, receives the order to protect Marie-Antoinette from popular uprising.
On a particularly hard night, the queen of the kingdom of france orders her automated bodyguard to roam the streets of the capital to find its creator … Eugène Vaucanson. He is the (fictional) nephew of the inventor of vending machines Jacques Vaucanson, who died in 1782. For information, the latter became famous especially thanks to the “Canard de Vaucanson” created in 1734. Although the monarch’s motifs remain blurred, Aegis goes to the city.
The Spiders studios promise a completely decent life without going overboard. According to the developers, it will take between 15 and 20 hours of play to reach the end of the adventure and travel through an unchronic Paris of a “postcard”. From Saint Cloud (introduction to the game) to the Tuileries via La Cité and Les Invalides etc. this French capital in ruins and above all draped in history is an invitation to explore. Steelrising is structured around several semi-open areas and encourages you to return to them. As a Metroidvania, it opens up certain tools and / or skills to explore new avenues.
An Action RPG: From the Blood Bearer to the Jedi Fallen Order
Since Mars: War Logs in 2013, Spiders has focused on a specific genre, and even a subgenre … Action RPG, and has over time developed some know-how in this area. Steelrising is therefore not surprisingly an action-oriented role-playing game. However, the Parisian studies are inspired in 2022 by titles that have dominated the video game sphere in recent years. Their new creation, by their own admission, draws from Bloodborne, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and finally Nioh, and regains certain playful principles.
It must be acknowledged that these influences are felt, especially at the level of the struggles, which are intended to be much more demanding than before. Steelrising challenges players without making difficulties the core of the experience. While the bestiary, which consists solely of vending machines, can be difficult, especially the bosses, the adventure is meant to be accessible to everyone. Spiders has integrated an “Assist” mode intended for less seasoned players to cope with the level of difficulty via several “à la carte” options, which among other things allow to reduce damage, etc.
The combat system is similar to the previously mentioned From Software game with its mix of melee and distance attacks, quick dodges and parries and endurance control. Anyway, Steelrising frees itself from its model by adding an air dimension to the collisions and an explicit “cooling”. This automatic mechanic instantly refills the endurance meter. Be careful not to abuse it, otherwise you will remain totally frozen for several seconds and therefore vulnerable.
RPG requires adaptation and the appearance of the heroine is in order. Aegis can show several faces to be selected at the beginning of the game (and only at the beginning of the game), and wear different clothes, which in addition to the purely cosmetic aspect provide bonuses and / or penalties. The arsenal is no exception. The 7 types of melee weapons, to which they are added at a distance, open up a number of possibilities that have a strong influence on the gameplay. All of these options and more are available through “vestals” arranged within the various levels. These specific locations, reminiscent of the campfires from the Souls saga and more recently those from the Elden Ring, also serve as rescue points.
Steelrising will be released on September 8, 2022 on PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X / S.