At E3 2015, Sony has been all about the big name announcements. They kicked off their press conference with a gameplay demo for The Last Guardian, they revealed the Final Fantasy 7 remake, they launched a Shenmue 3 Kickstarter and they also shed more more light on their exclusive content deals with Destiny and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. This was a total turn around from last year’s Sony presser, where they showcased much smaller titles like The Witness, Secret Ponchos, and No Man’s Sky.
But what little small game presence they did have was spearheaded by publisher Devolver Digital. One of these games was ‘ultra violent’ beat ’em up Mother Russia Bleeds and you can watch a new gameplay trailer for it after the break.
Mother Russia Bleeds on PC and PS4
Mother Russia Bleeds‘ developer Le Cartel explains that the game is “set in an alternate U.S.S.R, the story focuses on an imprisoned antihero with a crippling drug addiction as he breaks free and barrels down a journey of hate-filled vengeance” and it will also feature “game altering psychedelic twists”. This essentially means that anything and everything goes and that all the enemies you duff up will be killed in the name of revenge and justice.
Mother Russia Bleeds is also hoping to be an entertaining mashup of what made beat ’em ups great and what modern gamers love, as Le Cartel hopes to “revitalize one of the most cherished gaming genres”. Pixel art has been layered with “modern touches” to “immerse the player in a cold and violent USSR”, and that soundtrack “dynamically adjusts to match the gameplay” which seems like an unnecessary yet curious feature. There will also be 4-player co-op and at least one of those additional playable characters is a woman.
There are also some obvious comparisons Mother Russia Bleeds and Devolver Digital’s other popular series, Hotline Miami. Rather than just being a blatant rip-off of HM, it seems to be a case of Devolver and Le Cartel just knowing what sort of style their fans like and sticking to it, so I wouldn’t worry too much about their new game feeling ‘same-y’.
Mother Russia Bleeds will be released on PC and PS4 in 2016.