Faster Than A Silver Bullet: Infinity Runner

What a strange screenshot. I thought Infinity Runner was a game about hubris. Humans, over-reaching as ever, build a spaceship so big that it falls over. The player character is a prisoner who must escape from the ship, fleeing in first-person, dodging security systems and enemies while leaping and performing funky futuristic parkour.

That all sounds good. I was wrong about the hubris bit though. The size of the spaceship isn’t the problem – the werewolf is the problem, carving through the crew as if they were pillars of Pedigree Chum. I didn’t know about the werewolf until it popped its snout into the launch trailer below.

That’s a good trailer. Not as good (or as muddy) as the Spintures trailer, and therefore not the best of the day, but it’s still a damn good trailer.

The video has obviously been in training and, fleet of foot, has managed to arrive almost a week before the game’s launch. Silly speedy trailer! The game is out on June 2nd and will have full Oculus Rift support.

In Infinity Runner, the player controls the protagonist, the prisoner, from a first-person perspective as he is challenged to escape from the gargantuan spaceship. This is accomplished by use of techniques and movements inspired by the disciplines of parkour and mixed martial arts, the game-play conveys the players strain and physical contact with the environment whilst dealing with the constantly changing and expansive surroundings.

As well as these evasive elements there’s also combat sections in the game where a dynamic targeting system is used which calls for fast reflex combinations. The game has been described as Mirrors Edge meets Mass Effect and supports the latest virtual reality technology as well as having multi-player support which enables up to 32 people to play head to head.

Oh, and I may have been right about the spaceship’s size after all. It’s called the Infinity, which is a bit of a giveaway, and it requires a crew of 5,000,000 and has living space for another billion. That’s a big ship and entirely vulnerable to the werewolves of hubris.

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23 Comments

  1. ludovsky says:

    Am I the only one who noticed that at 0:28 your character seems to suddenly run on all four with “blood haze”-o-vission before seemingly reaching some security over whom he seems to tower?

    Is this a game that does not only gives us werewolves(in SPACE) but let us play AS one?

    • gabrielonuris says:

      Yes, he did run on all four, and that alone convinced me to buy the game.

    • LionsPhil says:

      This just makes me question why there are times where you are not a werewolf.

    • Ross Angus says:

      The twist is that the space ship is a MECHA-WEREWOLF, and you’ve been running through it’s guts. It’s got the runs.

  2. pepperfez says:

    I can’t imagine it’s a good marketing move to name your PC game after a genre of smartphone game.

    • JFS says:

      Second only to naming your band after a popular JRPG series. Poor Owen Pallett.

    • MadTinkerer says:

      Almost as bad an idea as making a game for the iPhone that is a genre which originated on PC!

      Because heaven forbid PC gamers should have to play tower defense games or match 3.

      EDIT: Or, say, FPS. Just to be super extra sarcastic.

      • pepperfez says:

        Just to be clear, I wasn’t snarking at mobile gaming (and certainly not running games, I played Canabalt compulsively). It’s just that “infinite runner” identifies an entire genre totally unrelated to the game in question. Calling it “Open-world Shooter” would have been equally bad.

        • MadTinkerer says:

          Oh, I see. To me, Canabalt was indeed the definitive “infinite runner” and I mostly ignore smartphone games.

          But this is a time when actual marketing executives who are paid a lot of money to come up with names for modern military shooters decided to call their latest one “Advanced Warfare”.

        • secuda says:

          Yea i got that sneaky sensation as well, i wonder if there really is an ending? afterall it have “infiity” in its name. looks decent though.

    • RobF says:

      Having named a game ‘DRM’ before now, it really doesn’t make as much odds as people seem to think.

      Although that said, and I don’t mean this as anything more than an observation, you do have to put up with more people saying that you shouldn’t call your game that. So there’s always that.

    • Felixader says:

      Should have called it Immortal Runner. X-P

  3. Kefren says:

    Da iawn.

  4. tumbleworld says:

    A Sprinty Werewolf is You.

  5. LennyLeonardo says:

    Wolf of wall-streets?

  6. The Random One says:

    Werewolves of Hubris is my prog rock band’s debut album.

  7. Chaz says:

    A crew of 5 million. That’s an awful lot of farts in one tin can.

  8. Wurstwaffel says:

    Is it on rails? it looks like it’s on rails.