Publisher Tribute Games and developer Zenovia have announced Steel Assault launches September 28 for PC and Switch.
When Steel Assault launches September 28, it’ll be available for Switch via the eShop and for PC via Steam. The 16-bit throwback action-platformer was originally set to release sometime in 2020, but the release window came and went.
Here’s a new trailer:
Here’s a rundown on the game:
The late 2030s were the era of radiological warfare. The Second Pacific War saw the debut of the thorium bomb: a radiation dispersal weapon which caused almost no visible destruction, but which could render entire cities uninhabitable for several years, preserving their resources for specialized robotic units to sweep in and pick them apart (while their human populations fled or died off).
America’s cities were decimated. One man rose to rule over the ashes: Magnus Pierce, a famous inventor and roboticist turned army general. His regime began a large-scale purge of all its real and suspected enemies, including protagonist Taro Takahashi’s parents. Taro grew up to be a core member of the Daybreak Resistance, an underground insurgency led by Hans Albrecht and Sonia Singh. In early 2046, General Pierce’s soldiers started refurbishing and deploying old nuclear, military, and robotic tech, and they started restoring the power grids of various abandoned cities which they now moved to occupy. You, Taro, are sent to investigate…
- 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