Remember Road Rash? It's about time the brutal bike beat-em-up series was resurrected, right? Well, that probably isn't going to happen anytime soon. EA have no plans to release an official sequel. Meanwhile, original developers of Road Rash teamed up to develop a spiritual successor known as Hard Rider, but they unfortunately couldn't secure funding. There is now an alternative, however.
Developer Dark Sea Games has been busy developing Road Redemption, a spirtual successor to Road Rash which was successfully Kickstarted into development last May where it secured $182,791. A playable alpha was later released to backers earlier this year, but now anyone can hitch a ride with the launch of a Steam Early Access build now available to purchase.
Watching the new action-packed trailer, development certainly seems to moved on rapidly since the alpha release. There's now a fully-fledged, procedurally-generated campaign with mission-types including races, assassinations, robberies and others, a store allowing you to purchase weapons and upgrades for your character, bike and weapons and an expanded combat system with new weapons at your disposal. Oh, and Spiderman-style swinging across Skyscrapers, by the looks of things. It all looks brilliantly bonkers.
Road Redemption's innovative campaign structure is also noteworthy. Set in a post-apocalyptic America ruled by a brutal dictator, the leader of your gang plots an assassination attempt, only to be caught by the Government. It's then your task to ride across America with your gang to track him down before the Government does. The twist, however, is that you only get one life throughout the whole game – there are no continues whatsoever when you inevitably get bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat, as is traditional in Road Rash. It's certainly a brave game design choice, but the upshot is you'll be able to use the experience gained in failed attempts to upgrade your bike, rider and weapons.
Currently, only the campaign is available to play in the Early Access build, but multiplayer will be added at a later date.
Road Redemption is available to purchase on Steam Early Access now on special offer here for £13.49 until September 25th. From then, it will retail for £14.99.