Sci-fi Shooter Boiling Steel Hits Steam Early Access Today
Virtual reality (VR) developer Mirowin’s first title was wild west style shooter Guns’n’Stories: Bulletproof VR, arriving in Early Access back in 2017 followed by a full launch in 2018. Today, the studio will be launching its next project, another first-person shooter (FPS) but this time with a futuristic feel, Boiling Steel.
While Guns’n’Stories was a wave-based shooter with a light story element to keep things ticking along, Boiling Steel will be a much more expansive effort, with a deeper storyline and an extensive selection of levels to play through.
The story takes place in an off-world colony where people go to seek a new future, free from bureaucratic, religious and other radical restrictions. In this new frontier companies and their scientists are free to push the boundaries of technology, which has led to humans being able to transfer their consciousness into robotic bodies to perform all sorts of laborious tasks.
Of course in this technological paradise, some goes wrong. You play a newly arrived inhabitant who just so happens to have awoken from hibernation to learn that a virus has spread through the network and turned the robots into rampaging death machines. There are still robotic shells unaffected, so safely aboard an orbiting space station, you jump into one of them and join the fight on the planet’s surface.
For the Steam Early Access release today Mirowin will be making the first half of the Boiling Steel available, which means plot introduction, tutorial to learn the gameplay mechanics and two-story stages offering 30 levels for around four hours of gameplay. A purely single-player campaign, features include nine tools/weapons with an automatic upgrade system for frequently used weapons. There will also be randomly generated biomes to make return playthroughs different.
The studio expects early access to last for around three months, with the final version featuring a further two stages to double the gameplay hours. There are also plans to add a couple of modes adding further variety. A Shooting Gallery will offer the chance to practice with all the tools, while an Arcade Game mode will have 50 missions away from the storyline to fight through.
Boiling Steel supports Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Valve Index and Windows Mixed Reality headsets. For further updates keep reading VRFocus.