Niche Spotlight – Steelrising


Today’s Niche Spotlight is Steelrising, a challenging action-RPG in an alternate France by Spiders and Nacon.

Steelrising is a challenging Souls-inspired action-RPG set in an alternate history French Revolution where Louis XVI has suppressed the rebellion with an army of mechanical killing machines. The only thing that can stop the bloodthirsty Louis is Aegis, a master-crafted automaton originally designed to be the queen’s bodyguard.

Explore the ruins of alternate 1789 Paris using gadgets like grappling hooks to navigate the streets and uncover hidden secrets. Meet a variety of historical figures, each with unclear motives and allegiances that you’ll need to uncover. Upgrade Aegis with different weapons and items to overcome challenging battles with advanced mechanical monstrosities.

You can find the launch trailer below.

Steelrising is available on Windows PC (via GOG and Steam), PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series XIS for $49.99.

You can find a rundown for Steelrising below:

The city burns and bleeds as it suffers the madness of King Louis XVI and his violent legions of automatons. Aegis, a mechanical masterpiece created by the engineer Vaucanson to be the queen’s bodyguard, must save the French Revolution in this challenging action-RPG.


  • CHALLENGING COMBAT BETWEEN AUTOMATONS – Up against the king’s mechanical soldiers, deadly accuracy will be needed. String together dodges, parries, jumps and devastating attacks to fight your way through Paris. Every fight will test your nerve and requires excellent discipline, while the huge relentless machine bosses demand patience and skill.
  • AEGIS: A CHARACTER WITH EXTRAORDINARY SKILLS – Define your own style and upgrade your abilities as you progress through the game. You can play as a ruthless warrior, a hard-hitting bodyguard, a deadly dancer or a virtuoso of the elemental arts. Take advantage of a wide variety of weapons and skills to approach each fight in your own unique way.
  • REVOLUTIONARY PARIS IS YOUR PLAYGROUND – Using carriages, grapples, secret passages, a detailed map, and other methods and tools you find along the way, explore a city experiencing its darkest days. Your grappling hook adds a new dimension to exploration and Paris’s verticality. Combined with your dash ability, it will provide access to all the city’s secrets across multiple levels you can explore over and over again.
  • CHANGE THE COURSE OF HISTORY – You are one of the main characters of an alternative history where Paris is being choked by a tyrant king. Allies and enemies with unclear motives will cross your path, such as Marie-Antoinette, Lafayette and Robespierre. It’s up to you to cut a path through all the plotting and put an end to one man’s madness so that the French Revolution succeeds.

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Frank was a former Niche Gamer contributor.

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