This top-down action game is based on Grand Theft Auto 2, the strangest GTA. It’s a game about driving vehicles, brawling with gangs and cults, and wreaking havoc in the colorful urban sprawl of a dark, distant future. Daedalic, the game’s publisher, said today that the game would be available on Steam Early Access on August 11—and it accompanied the news with a new video, which you can see above.
Glitchpunk appears to be chaotic and action-packed, but creator Dark Lord claims that there’s more to the game than explosions and futuristic shootouts. According to the company, “[the game] also conveys a fascinating narrative of transhumanism, bigotry, and religion.” “You can have an impact on the world around you, make new friends, square off against more foes than you can count—and maybe, just maybe, convert an enemy’s dislike to fondness.”
You play as a “glitching android” fighting against its own programming and “against the despotic governments and megacorps of the dystopian near-future,” according to Glitchpunk. Along the way, you’ll come across drug-crazed thugs and hostile cops, whom you may battle with a variety of melee weapons and weaponry. By the sounds of it, it’s pretty conventional cyberpunk videogame fare, but the pace and brilliantly colored brutality of the battle seem really enjoyable.
Outpost Texas and New Baltia will be included in Glitchpunk’s initial Early Access release. Then, in the future, Moscow and Neo Tokyo will be included. That’s a lot of work for an indie game. Other additions include the ability to hack into things, including pedestrians’ thoughts, and ten degrees of police escalation, which outnumbers GTA 2’s six. In addition, the developer promises GTA-style radio stations featuring a mix of music and false advertisements.