Cyberpunk assassin simulator Ghostrunner has a release date

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Ghostrunner (opens in new tab) gives you a katana, Force powers, and the ability to wallrun and slow time, then sets you loose on a high-tech tower full of gun goons and the occasional cyberninja. It looks like someone emptied out a folder labeled "badass things" and put them all in one game, and it'll be out on Steam (opens in new tab), GOG (opens in new tab), and the Epic Games Store (opens in new tab) on October 27. There's a demo coming too, which we'll be able to try from September 29.

Ghostrunner is a collaboration between developers One More Level, 3D Realms, and Slipgate Ironworks, who describe it like this: "One-hit one-kill mechanics make combat fast and intense. Use your superior mobility (and frequent checkpoints!) to engage in a never-ending dance with death fearlessly." It looks like it has an intense die-repeat-die-again cycle, with the potential for some stylish murder moves once you pull off a sequence perfectly.

Our Andy Chalk played an earlier demo (opens in new tab), and said: "I found it incredibly frustrating in spots, because it's so completely committed to the concept of 'move or die,' but my temper cooled as I got better at chaining movements fluidly and dashing side-to-side instead of straight ahead (typically head-on into a bullet) and I was eventually able to hack-and-slash my way to the end without smashing my keyboard to pieces."

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and Playboy.com (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.