A new 2.5D action side-scroller title Rusty Rabbit has been announced by NetEase Games at the Tokyo Game Show. The upcoming offering allows you to play as a rabbit in a mech suit. I want it already!
The premise of Rusty Rabbit allows the player to control a middle-aged rabbit named Stamp. The world that Stamp lives in is deprived of humans. Turns out, humanity left the planet thousands of years ago. And that, somehow, led to rabbits ruling the world instead. I don’t know how rabbits evolved to achieve such a thing. But hey! I’m not complaining!
The gameplay is supposed to focus on exploration and action. The mechanics make use of a “smash and dash” feature as Stamp explores his surroundings to uncover the hidden truth behind the world he lives in while also searching for his missing daughter.
While a specific release date hasn’t been shared, the game is looking toward a 2024 debut on the PlayStation 5 and PC. Due to what I have seen in the promo material, I have my fingers crossed it also finds its way to the Nintendo Switch.
Rusty Rabbit has been developed in collaboration between NetEase Games and visual novel company Nitro Plus (Gen Urobuchi). Urobuchi is responsible for writing the game’s original concept and screenplay. For those who might not know, Urobuchi is the writer and creator of Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Psycho-Pass. Urobuchi also wrote the novel Fate/Zero.
“While I have always had a great passion for the gaming industry, my work has mainly focused on creative adventures in traditional text format. I am filled with gratitude to NetEase Games for finally fulfilling my long-standing wish to create a game filled with action and adventure based on my stories,” shared Urobuchi. “I would also like to thank all the staff who lent their expertise to make this project a reality. Our goal is for Rusty Rabbit to bear the fruits of this creative challenge, and I’m excited for my fans and gaming fans everywhere to experience this game next year. Thank you so much for your support!”
Here’s the trailer!
In my opinion, Stamp strikes a nice balance between being tough and adorable. He’s so cute, but you don’t want to mess with him. The snowy terrain also adds to the overall cozy vibe.
As for the action elements, the adventure seems to take place underground. Stamp, via his Mech Suit, is able to punch and drill through quite a lot. The suit, from what I can tell, is capable of shooting energy beams and scaling walls. The enemies look like other mechanical constructs.
The action seems to be fast-paced and I do like the vibrant colors, even though the missions are taking place underground.
Going over the promo material, the other characters include Jed (the mechanic who will likely help with upgrading the Mech Suit), Eliza (a waitress), Amelia (the shop owner), Lucas (the bartender who hears about the resident’s problems and asks Stamp to solve them).
The Key Features include:
- RPG-like progression and customization: You will be able to improve your mech with parts and materials collected from within the in-game ruins, and by defeating enemies guarding treasure.
- “Smash and Dash” gameplay: The mech’s ninja-like speed and mobility is to help you “Smash and Dash” your way through maze-like ruins.
Are you looking forward to playing Rusty Rabbit?
I sure am.
(via Press Release)
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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