Niche Spotlight – Redeemer: Old Monk Angrily Murders Everything in Stylish Action Game

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Publisher Gambitious and independent Russian developer Sobaka are releasing a stylish, top-down action game where you play a grizzled old monk forced out of retirement, only to murder literally everything in your path with a variety of weapons.

Titled simply Redeemer, the new game is poised as a “brute-force brawler,” and if the above trailer is any indication, you’ll be using plenty of brute-force as you murder anything except your fellow monks.

The game’s protagonist, Vasily (a common Russian name, but probably in honor of the WWII Soviet sniper Vasily Zaytsev), was an “elite operative who once worked for one of the biggest arms industry corporations in the world.” Following his narrow escape to retirement at the monastery he’s forced to seek redemption via new work under that evil corporation.

Players will be put through a story-driven single player campaign, but there’s also a horde-like arena mode set to come with the game at launch. Couple that with a multitude of weapons to unleash your inner murderous sociopath and you’ve got lots of options in killing.

Here’s a rundown on the game:


REDEEMER is a Top-Down Action game where you will punch, hack and blast your way through enemies using fists, hammers, fire arms and even the environment.

Play as Vasily, an elite operative who once worked for one of the biggest arms industry corporations in the world. Officially working in security, you were tasked with infiltration, assassination, extortion and even torture. When eventually the corporation decided to get rid of you, you manage to narrowly escape to a secluded monastery deep in the snowy mountains.

For 20 years you tried to find peace and harmony amogst your fellow monks, but you are still too haunted by your murderous past to find either. Now after all of these years the corporation is finally closing-in on your location, and in so doing they have given you one last shot at redemption.

Key Features:

  • Intense Top Down Action: Take out enemies using a wide selection of fire arms and melee weapons including combat knifes, batons, fire axes, hammers and many more.
  • Brutal Hand-to-Hand Combat: Use your mercenary skills to beat down your opponents using a collection of brutal fighting moves, stealth kills and even the very environment.
  • Story Driven Single-Player: Discover Vasily’s haunted past and experience a narrative journey of betrayal and redemption.
  • Arena Mode: Practice and test your fighting skills by battling countless enemies in a horde-like Arena Mode.

Redeemer is set for a release sometime this spring via Steam and GOG.


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  • VIOLENCE AWAKENED

    I dunno why this is so funny but it does look gut :3

  • Waifu Engineering

    yep, knew it was a ue4 game 15 seconds in.

  • OSad

    Seems like one angry monk.

  • Madbrainbox

    Kratos and the guy from Hatred had a baby and this is the result,

  • Lea Pastillaroja

    Gouken is pissed

  • ProxyDoug

    Would Marlow Briggs deserve a Spotlight?

  • InfectedAI

    Looks like it could be fun. Definitely something I’ll play with a controller. The brawling will probably be more fun that way. Plus twin stick shooters fee very right with twin sticks. Though the Steam controller can be pretty damn nice too.