Steel Assault – Punch, whip, and zipline

Steel Assault is a 2D side-scrolling action game for PC, set in the year 2040 after revolts and fascist uprising have shocked the United States.

As technological advances continued into the 2030s, the United States’s economic foundations caved in. Peaceful protests devolved into riots and all-out civil war, as people starved in the streets. One man rose to power out of the rubble: General Magnus Pierce, a cruel and ruthless tyrant with delusions of restoring America’s former grandeur. You play as a resistance soldier equipped with a powerful robotic suit (one of the last of its kind), dropped into a long-abandoned enemy-occupied Washington, D.C.

The game mainly focuses on close combat, but the player is also equipped with a variety of different weapons. Its aesthetic is inspired by late 8-bit games on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). These games utilized heavy dithering and details in negative space to create a dark atmosphere within the primitive system’s limitations.

Main features:

  • Fast-paced 2D platforming: Dynamic, fluid sidescrolling combat with a stylish moveset and tons of enemies/bosses to fight
  • 16-bit post-apoc style: A beautifully fleshed-out sci-fi world, rendered in detailed pixel art and backed by fiery FM-synthesized tunes
  • Unique zipline action: A new twist on classic grappling-hook mechanics, opening up fun movement possibilities
  • Classic structure: No aimless wandering, straight-line corridors, or design-by-algorithm. Just hand-crafted stage-based action

The launch date is yet to be announced, but is scheduled for 2020.