Retro City Rampage followup Shakedown: Hawaii comes out next month

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Shakedown Hawaii, the top-down, retro-flavored followup to Retro City Rampage, was announced last year as a satirical (and tremendously violent) take on white collar crime: "Business in the front, bodies in the back," as the tagline aptly puts it. There was no release date the last time we looked at it but developer Vblank revealed today that it will be out on May 7. That's about it in terms of new info, but the studio put out a trailer a couple of weeks ago that we haven't checked out yet, so let's take the opportunity to get caught up. 

The video showcases some of the challenges facing legitimate business owners who are just trying to make an honest living, including fluctuating property values, damaging review bombs, sky-high insurance premiums, and the need to find equilibrium between promotions and profit. It's not an easy thing keeping the books balanced while meeting the needs of the consuming public, and the successful proprietor will have to put every bit of their education and experience to work in order to build and maintain a stable, rewarding enterprise. 

Ha! Just kidding. Go shoot some stuff. Shakedown: Hawaii is available for pre-purchase from the Epic Games Store for $20 and you can find out more at vblank.com. Now here's Bob Seger. 

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.