‘RUNNER’ Brings Breakneck Speeds & ’80s-style Arcade Shooting Action, Trailer Here


RUNNER is an upcoming arcade-style racing game that tasks you with running and gunning in a high-speed, ’80s nostalgia-soaked adventure.

Inspired by classic anime Akira, Ghost in the Shell, and Patlabor, Runner takes you through seven sectors of the of Presidium, the capitol of an off-world mining colony. Taking on the role of Mina, you race across a massive highspeed expressway in a motorcycle while fighting off waves of autonomous corporate combat drones.

Players will be able to customize the look of their bike with unique paint and lighting combinations, unlock multiple vehicles, and blast away at baddies using automatic pistols integrated into the control yoke of the bike. There’s also plenty of heavy ordinance such as grenades, lock-on missiles, and an integrated vehicle cannon.

Enemies are slated to be pretty diverse too. Baddies include autonomous motorcycles, UAVs, hunter-killer tanks, sniper quadrupeds, covert assassin vehicles and unique boss battles.

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Developing studio Truant Pixel is aiming to release Runner on PlayStation 5 VR headsets, PC VR and other “next gen” headsets. There’s no release window yet, but we’ll be keeping an eye on the game’s new Twitter account in the near future.

This isn’t Truant Pixel’s first VR game. The Ohio-based studio is also known for its VR football game 2MD: VR Football Evolution (2017), which made its way onto all major VR headsets following its initial launch on SteamVR headsets in 2017.

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  • wheeler

    I feel pandered to but I’m totally OK with it

  • sfmike

    Will we ever be able to have a choice to play as a male character again?

    • silvaring

      Aren’t you playing as one right now?

    • FPUK

      If thats what you really worry about, maybe give up gaming?

  • JeffePortland

    All hail Akira!

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  • silvaring

    If the guys at Truant Pixel are reading this, I hope you dont give this thing a cyberpunk sheen but use totally conventional VR shooting gallery mechanics, and still expect it to sell well.

    You’re not a Japanese studio, so you’re already facing some heavy limitations, remember what happened with Oni (Bungies anime inspired third person action game).

    So my advice… don’t oversell the cyberpunk concept, just work on interesting mechanics, let the presentation come naturally through that. At the moment while the non gameplay trailer sections look very cool and retro, the actual game sections look quite thin on detail (lack of particle effects etc aside from explosions, non grounded physics etc). Look at other anime inspired games like Speed Power Gunbike, Robotech Battlecry, and Transformers Armada, or check out the vehicle section in Madworld (wii).

  • 100% up my alley!