Steelrising Combat System Breakdown – PlayStation.Blog
We at Spiders love to explore different types of RPGs. Since our inception, we’ve tried different styles of combat systems and learned something new with every game released. With our latest game, Steelrising, our goal was to focus on creating a more dynamic, thoughtful, detailed, and engaging combat experience.
From the Demon’s Souls remake to Elden Ring, games like Souls have captured the attention of gamers. Of course, that wasn’t necessarily the case when we started Steelrising, but everyone on the team wanted to do justice to the genre. We wanted to keep the focus on combat, making sure that players should think about the best course of action and skills at their disposal, but in our own universe. We also wanted to share our passion with as many players as possible, so we decided to create an assist mode.
Steelrising builds on the Soulslike formula, but with the unique heart of the Spiders game.
The story of Steelrising takes place overnight, at the very beginning of our twisted version of the French Revolution. The machines work relentlessly. They completely overpowered the revolutionaries; these people simply did not have a chance to encounter even the simplest of these creations.
Fighting fire with fire, you are the last hope of Paris. One machine gun against the army, your task is not easy, every enemy standing in your way can be the last one if you underestimate it.
In order to force players to save the city, as well as the constant danger of trying to do so, we decided to focus on a detailed combat system. Timing, studying your opponent’s every move, trying not to draw too much attention so as not to be outnumbered, and discovering his weaknesses will be the key to your success.
Yes, they are strong, but so are you.
You will not only have to improve your skills, but also manage your cooling system. The more aggressive you are in combat, the more you heat up, which can cause your Aegis to overheat and cause a brief breakdown. This mechanic may remind you of the classic stamina system found in many games in this genre, but with the help of an instant chill you can quickly lower the temperature to land a few more hits or run to safety. But be careful! If overused or at the wrong time, this can cause you to completely freeze in the middle of a fight and open up to attack.
Aside from stamina management, other classic aspects of an action RPG include stats that you’ll need to thoughtfully upgrade, as well as a plethora of items and modules to collect to customize and enhance your play style.
One of the features of Steelrising’s gameplay is its verticality. Aegis can jump, and this ability will open up new possibilities for attacking and surprising enemies, using various combos, or even avoiding some fights entirely if you want to choose your battles. While very useful in combat, it is another way to explore the city and its narrow streets.
Aegis and her arsenal
Aegis is not just another assault rifle. She is a complex masterpiece and therefore has many possible fighting styles at her disposal: you can decide to be a fearless bodyguard, a fast and deadly dancer or an alchemist who shoots from a distance. Aegis’ combat style can also, of course, be changed and adjusted at any time during her journey.
We wanted the combat system in Steelrising to have its own personality and reflect the mechanical nature of the Aegis. So she’s not just holding a weapon, it’s actually an extension of her body.
9 weapons and over 40 variations are a key component of Steelrising.
You’ll find weapons that may be familiar to you, such as the mace or dual swords, but some are more unique to Aegis, such as her fans that can be turned into a shield, or more eccentric weapons, such as the alchemical rifle that consumes precious Alchemy Capsules that you can find while exploring or buy when resting with the Vestal Virgin. Heavy weapons like the Wheel may seem too big for your small stature at first, but Aegis manages to wield them with equal grace and devastating effect.
Each of these weapons has a special move that opens up even more playstyle options. And remember, Aegis can also quickly switch between two weapons at any time and even use her tools in combat, which can make for some brutal combinations.
The more you advance, the more powerful this weapon can become if you upgrade it. These upgrades will certainly come in handy on your quest, especially against the Titans, the most dangerous enemies you will face.
To defeat the Titans, you will have to understand their fighting methods by learning their techniques and finding the right time to strike. This may require several attempts as they hit hard, meaning that each hit can be fatal. But don’t worry, the tools at your disposal and how you master the Aegis will make all the difference.
We really wanted every boss fight to be epic and have a sense of accomplishment when you finally beat them.
We can’t wait to hear your first impressions, which Titans did you find the most difficult, which playstyles do you prefer, and which areas of Paris do you like the most. We hope you enjoy the game as much as we enjoyed making it. And since the release of Steelrising is just around the corner, we won’t have to wait long. Long live the revolution!
Steelrising releases on PS5 on September 8th.