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Listen up, brawler fans. The extinguished remains of the cyberpunk-studded beat ‘em up wick is about to be rekindled. Turns out, Sobaka Studio, the creator behind the highly acclaimed 9 Monkeys of Shaolin, is rearranging its matchbox in preparation of a new type of flame coming to light. And yes, it’ll be just as, if not more violent and as sleek as its Kung Fu-based cousin.  That’s Kiborg, in a nutshell, and we honestly can’t wait to see what comes of it when it arrives.

So what is this so-called Kiborg, really, and when can we expect to get our hands on it? Well, here’s what we’ve been able to mine from the data provided by Sobaka Studio to date. Interested? Here’s everything you need to know before slapping down a pre-order.

What Is Kiborg?

Kiborg strikes us as many, many things, though the most obvious thing that comes to mind when we envision it away from paper is its rogue-lite action. From the looks of it, the bulk of the game will centre itself around a prison planet known as Sigma—a violent world that, going by the blurb, houses “the most dangerous criminals from all known star systems.” And if that wasn’t enough already, then it’s also worth pointing out that said planet is also swarmed with rogue nano-bots—droids that have caused the remaining prisoners to either go into hiding, or form one of several underground factions all across the only standing stronghold for humanity. This is where you, the leader of one of said factions, will fight to secure your place in Sigma’s future, whatever the cost.

In other words: “KIBORG is a fast-paced, story-driven action game with rogue-lite encounters. Each challenge is unique and the narrative always moves forward, win or lose. Become an unstoppable war machine and face the consequences of your actions as you lead a resistance group on a faraway prison planet.”

Story

Kiborg will transport you to the uncivilised domain of Sigma, a world in which factions thrash it out for global dominance. As the leader of one of said factions, you will be sent out to bring some level of order to the land around you. Easier said than done, mind you, what with the mega corporations and the escaped convicts all out to assert themselves.

“You play as Vasiliy – leader of a ragtag band of resistance fighters on a prison planet Sigma,” the blurb reads in part. “Used to house the most dangerous criminals from all known star systems, Sigma is now locked into an endless quarantine after discovery of the Substance – an ever-adapting mass of rogue nano-bots infected by a malicious alien life form. A generation later, the planet is controlled by several factions fighting for domination.” Malicious alien life forms? A prison planet engulfed in endless bloodshed and chaos? You get the picture. “It’s every faction for themselves” — and you’re at the brunt of it.

Gameplay

Aside from the rogue-lite combat that’ll clearly take centre stage in Kiborg, the game will also include some story-heavy scenarios, as well as plenty of opportunities to explore, build, and enhance an army of your own making. Thanks to the mechanical prosthetics that you’ll craft and upgrade, you will pretty much have the freedom to develop an elite squad of cybernetic warriors. And of course, you’ll have plenty of leftovers to boost your own loadout and abilities, too.

“Send your clones on procedurally generated missions and build them into cybernetic gods in mere minutes as you cut your way through hundreds of blood-thirsty mutants, drug-addled criminals and mechanized soldiers,” the description adds. “Gather resources for permanent upgrades, recruit allies, make alliances, research forbidden technologies and do your best to prepare for inevitable catastrophe.”

Development

Just to echo what we said earlier, Sobaka Studio is the same developer who breathed life into 9 Monkeys of Shaolin, yet another in-depth brawler-type game with game-changing mechanics and a fluid combat system. It’s safe to say that a great deal of the elements in the studio’s latest venture will take a few pages out of that book. Here’s hoping, anyway.

Announced during the ID@Xbox Showcase back in the beginning of July, Sobaka Studio teased fans with a cyber-infused gameplay trailer and a slew of in-game screenshots. If all goes according to plan, then we should get a better look at the action in all its glory over the next several months. But as for when it will launch on consoles and PC is still unknown. 2024, if we’re lucky.

Trailer

Kiborg - Reveal Trailer | PS5 & PS4 Games

In case you missed the ID@Xbox Showcase that aired earlier this week, we’ve gone ahead and posted the reveal trailer of Kiborg above.

Release Date, Platforms & Editions

The good news is, Kiborg will be heading to Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store. So, hardly any concerns about getting ahold of a copy there, then. The bad news, however, is that we don’t actually know when it’s due to arrive. At this point in time, though, we’re putting our money on a 2024 launch, rather than a 2023 one. Call it a stab in the dark, but right now, your guess is as good as ours.

As far as editions go, Kiborg will only have the one. Or at least, there’s only the one that’s currently on display, anyway. If you’re keen to jump in the moment it hits the market, then you can go ahead and either pre-order it or add it to your wishlist on Steam here.

So, has the beat ‘em up brawler caught your undivided attention? If so, then be sure to check in with the guys over at Sobaka Studio for all the latest updates via their official social feed here. If anything regarding the release date pops up before year’s end, we’ll be sure to let you know right here on gaming.net.

 

So, what’s your take? Will you be picking up a copy of Kiborg when it eventually hits the shelves? Let us know your thoughts over on our socials here.

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