RUNNER is an upcoming racing game from indie studio Truant Pixel which was revealed earlier this year, bringing ’80s-inspired run-and-gun action to all major VR headsets. The studio recently showed off a bit more in a few teaser videos and gifs that gives us a peek at enemy encounters, upgrades, and obstacles coming to the game.
Truant Pixel released this video back in early June, which shows off a second major look at the game following its initial reveal video in April. In the video, we get a look at some of the road hazards, a few newly revealed enemies, and a few weapons—all framed by a really interesting hand-drawn explosions and other cool cel shaded effects.
By popular demand, here's a VERY brief look at some of the enemy encounters, upgrades, and obstacles we've talked about so far.
Our capture hardware is struggling a bit to keep up, but this should give a salient sneak-peek at some of the action to come.
— RUNNER (@runner_vr) June 1, 2021
Since that teaser, the studio has thrown out a few other looks at the work-in-progress game, like the massive six-legged enemy type which seems to be inspired by Tachikoma from Ghost in the Shell. No surprises here: the studio says they’re inspired by classic anime like Akira, Ghost in the Shell, and Patlabor.
Back at its reveal in April, the studio said Runner would include autonomous motorcycles, UAVs, hunter-killer tanks, sniper quadrupeds, covert assassin vehicles and unique boss battles.
— RUNNER (@runner_vr) June 27, 2021
Truant Pixel also revealed a slow-motion mechanic that may be tied to a certain type of laser in the game.
— RUNNER (@runner_vr) July 8, 2021
Runner doesn’t have a launch window yet, however it’s said to launch on all major VR headsets, including Oculus Quest, SteamVR-headsets, and the second-gen PSVR headset too. We’ll be keeping our eyes on Truant Pixel’s Twitter for more updates, which we hope come sooner rather than later. You can wishlist it on Steam here.