Cyberpunk shooter Ruiner dashes out next month


I’m quite excited about top-down shooter Ruiner [official site], what with its slow motion segments, reflex-testing dodges and cyberpunk shooty bangs. And it’s coming soon: 26 September, to be exact, developers Reikon Games and publisher Devolver Digital have announced.

You’re an “unstoppable psychopath” in a mask, and it’s your job to take down evil corporation du jour HEAVEN, whose goons have kidnapped your brother. You zip around the futuristic city of Rengkok, dashing, slicing and blasting your way through hordes of brainwashed enemies. John enjoyed the demo he played in March, so it might be worth keeping an eye on.

The release date was announced in a new trailer that shows off the game’s more exotic weapons. And yep, they look fun, especially Fury, a pulse railgun that fires charged shots that turn enemies to red vapour.

As John explained in his preview, it uses Alien Breed-style WASD and mouse controls, which gives you a lot of freedom of movement.

“You zip and dart about the screen, dashing with the right mouse button, or holding it down to place a series of dashes via waypoints. Meanwhile you’re slashing or shooting with the left mouse button, raising your shield with Space, and ping-ping-pinging your way about the play area as enemies rush in on you from all sides.”

John wasn’t keen on the melee combat but once the guns came out, it picked up. So, if it sticks to its strengths it could be a winner. No word yet on where you’ll be able to buy it or what it will cost.

If you want to see more of its action, the game’s website has a whole crate of gifs.

Disclosure: RPS’s Alec Meer wrote for Ruiner at one point.


  1. Killy_V says:

    Looks awesome ! I’ll definitely gonna get it for some smashy shooty Hotline Miami-esque hours of fun

    Also, we need more cyberpunk themed games !

  2. LearningToSmile says:

    Of all the -er games coming out recently it’s the one I’m most excited for, mostly thanks to the stylish trailers.

    But seriously, what’s up with that, Ruin-er, Absolv-er, Observ-er, and I think there was another one that escapes me at the moment.

    And of course this is published by Devolv-er.

  3. heretic says:

    Looks intriguing!

  4. Don Reba says:

    You’re an “unstoppable psychopath” in a mask, and it’s your job to take down evil corporation du jour HEAVEN, whose goons have kidnapped your brother.

    Happy to see a sociopath in the good guy role. 👍
    Even if it’s not incredibly nuanced.

    • LennyLeonardo says:

      I really empathise with sociopaths like myself.

      • Silbergeist says:

        You can’t be a psychopath/sociopath if you can empathise.

        • Don Reba says:

          By definition. I’m sure that was the joke.

          But, on a serious note, it is a huge cultural failing that this group gets stigmatized so much. Ostracizing sociopaths is what makes them antisocial.

          In fact, it is often a beneficial trait. There are many situations when you want a decision maker to do what is right instead of what is fair, to not be biased by empathy.

  5. zulnam says:

    Plot-twist: the name is actually a reference to one minor feature which makes the gameplay a lot less fun.

  6. Unsheep says:

    It will be released on GOG as well, so why not combine your ‘freedom of movement’ with ‘freedom of use’.

  7. BaronKreight says:

    I added this gmae to my wishlist on the 6th of July.

  8. April March says:

    It looks great, but the siren is ringing, announcing that it’s my turn to be That Guy.


    • ZippyLemon says:

      I think someone at Reikon Games might have intentionally triggered you with pin-point accuracy.

  9. seroto9 says:

    Is that Miss Kittin doing the voice over?

  10. voidmind says:

    Seriously, stop doing what you are doing and look at their website (linked in the article) and scroll down all the way to the bottom. That’s some pretty impressive web & comics design mix right there. Someone should give that designer an award or something. Cool shit.

    link to