Steelrising is a soulslike set in Paris, 1789, during an alternate version of the French Revolution. Storytelling is an important expertise of Spiders, and you will be required to solve various intrigues, defeat incredible foes, and explore a twisted version of Paris to return power to the people and bring the revolution to one of multiple possible endings.
The soulslike genre is still inherently very demanding, and all its inspired mechanics might be tough to jump into, which is why we’re offering an Assist Mode.
In Steelrising, several settings that are very common in soulslike games can be adjusted:
- The amount of damage received by Aegis (your playable character)
- The speed at which endurance regenerates
- Whether XP (Anima Essence) is lost or kept upon death
- How easy it is to perform perfect cooldowns
This subject was raised at the beginning of development following messages from fans who found the Story Mode of our previous game still too difficult. The team was also able to attend an accessibility training course to be better able to find the most suitable solution for Steelrising. In the end we decided not to have a difficulty mode per se, but to allow players to set individual parameters themselves to tailor their experience with the combat system.
The pacing of the game remains unchanged, and the timing of attacks and the aggressiveness of the enemies also remain as they are in the base game.
The Assist Mode can be activated at the beginning of the game and can also be activated or deactivated at any time from the options menu. So, feel free to use it just for a specific boss or mob you have issue with. Beware, however, if you intend to unlock all the achievements, as some difficulty-related ones will not be available if Assist Mode has been activated at least once during a game.
Of course, it is also possible to reassign the majority of the buttons on the controller.
We hope that those daunted by soulslikes will be tempted by a first foray into this genre to experience the world of Steelrising, in what remains a Spiders RPG through and through. Steelrising is available starting today on the Xbox Store for Xbox Series X|S. Vive la Révolution!
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