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  • Sébastien Di Ruzza
  • Nicolas Ducart
Programmer(s)Romain Blanchais
Artist(s)Cyril Tahmassebi
Writer(s)Jehanne Rousseau
Composer(s)James Hannigan
ReleaseSeptember 8, 2022
Genre(s)Action role-playing

Steelrising is an action role-playing video game developed by Spiders and published by Nacon. The game was released for Windows PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X and Series S in September 2022.


Steelrising is an action role-playing video game played from a third-person perspective. As the player progresses in the game and defeat enemies, they will collect Anima Essence, which can be used to upgrade the player's weapons and skills, though upgrading the character can only be done at "Vestal" checkpoints found throughout the world. The Vestal checkpoints also allow the player character to rest to replenish their health. Players are encouraged to play aggressively in the game, as stamina refills entirely after a brief cooldown. The game features an "Assist mode", which allows players to manually adjust various factors of gameplay in order to lower the game's difficulty.[1]


In an alternate version of the French Revolution, King Louis XVI has created an army of clockwork automatons (Automats) and rules Paris with fear. Marie Antoinette implores her Automat bodyguard, Aegis, to leave and find her surviving children, as well as what has happened with King Louis. Aegis manages to find Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, who is attempting to rally a group of the National Guard, but they have been slaughtered by a Titan, a massive Automat built by Louis and the Comte. Aegis first attempts to find her creator, whose workshop has been ransacked, before being directed to find several high ranking members of the Estates-General, who appear to have all been marked for death by Louis. Other real-life historical figures who appear in the game's story include Maximillien Robespierre, Jacques Necker and Alessandro Cagliostro.[2]


The game was developed by French studio Spiders, which previously released titles including The Technomancer and GreedFall. According to CEO and lead writer Jehanne Rousseau, the gameplay of Steelrising was heavily inspired by the Soulsborne games.[3] Publisher Nacon officially announced the game in July 2021.[4] The game was originally set to be released in June 2022, though it was subsequently delayed to September the same year.[5]


According to review aggregator Metacritic, the game received "mixed or average" reviews.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ Purslow, Matt (June 16, 2022). "Steelrising Is Looking Like a Surprisingly Good Bloodborne Tribute". IGN. Retrieved October 15, 2022.
  2. ^ Billcliffe, James (June 16, 2022). "Once the cogs click into place, Steelrising is more than just Bloodborne on PC – hands-on preview". VG247. Retrieved October 15, 2022.
  3. ^ Rousseau, Jehanne (July 6, 2021). "Taking a new spin on the action genre with SteelRising". PlayStation Blog. Retrieved October 15, 2022.
  4. ^ Juba, Joe (July 7, 2022). "Steelrising Is A New Action/RPG With A Historical Twist". Game Informer. Retrieved October 15, 2022.
  5. ^ Adam, Khayl (May 19, 2022). "Revolutionary Alt-History Title Steelrising Gets a Cinematic New Story Trailer". Push Square. Retrieved October 15, 2022.
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  7. ^ a b "Steelrising for PlayStation 5 reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 15, 2022.
  8. ^ a b "Steelrising for Xbox Series X reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 15, 2022.
  9. ^ Northup, Travis (2022-09-07). "Steelrising Review". IGN. Retrieved 2022-11-10.
  10. ^ Wakeling, Richard (2022-09-07). "Steelrising Review - Like Clockwork". GameSpot. Retrieved 2022-11-10.
  11. ^ Moyse, Chris (2022-09-07). "Review: Steelrising". Destructoid. Retrieved 2022-11-10.
  12. ^ Makar, Connor (2022-09-07). "Steel Rising review — A ballet of French steampunk and Souls that's more tedious than tour de force". VG247. Retrieved 2022-11-10.
  13. ^ Croft, Liam (2022-09-07). "Review: Steelrising (PS5) - French Souls-Like Is Almost Great". Push Square. Retrieved 2022-11-10.
  14. ^ Lennox, Jesse (2022-09-07). "Steelrising review: This promising Soulslike fails to execute". Digital Trends. Retrieved 2022-11-10.
  15. ^ Patterson, Mollie L. (2022-09-07). "Steelrising review". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Retrieved 2022-11-10.

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