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Space Punks is a co-op loot-shooter that looks a lot like an isometric Borderlands

Polish studio Flying Wild Hog is best known for making first-person shooters like Hard Reset and Shadow Warrior, but it's trying something a little different for its next project, a top-down sci-fi looter shooter called Space Punks.

There's not a lot of detail at this point, but Space Punks will follow the adventures of four oddball heroes who pursue glory and wealth "by taking on lucrative contracts on far-flung planets against impossible odds." It will also apparently be a live game, as Flying Wild Hog described it as being set in "a living, breathing, and ever-changing gameworld—a true living game."

My first impression of the reveal trailer is that it looks a lot like an isometric take on Borderlands, with co-op battles against hordes of enemies for up to four players in a cel-shaded, slightly goofy sci-fi setting. The first character revealed in the trailer is even described as "the handsome one," and maybe it's a coincidence but to my eye he bears more than a passing resemblance to Handsome Jack, one of Borderlands' best-known bad guys. 

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Space Punks

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Space Punks

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Handsome Jack

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That's not necessarily a knock against it, but at this point it doesn't look like Space Punks is going to score many points for originality.

Space Punks is being published by Jagex and will go into Early Access on July 14, ahead of a planned open beta this winter. To sign up, head over to

Andy Chalk
Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.