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Glitchpunk: Release date, gameplay, PC system requirements and more

Glitchpunk is a top-down sci-fi action game inspired by GTA 2 and Cyberpunk that launches for PC on Steam. Here's the release date, gameplay details, system requirements and more!
Glitchpunk is a "top-down" view sci-fi action game from Dark Lord and was inspired by Rockstar's classic, Grand Theft Auto 2 (GTA 2). The game is set in a Cyberpunk-like dystopian future and boasts high-octane gameplay that lets players brawl, shoot and drive their way around as a glitched-out android bounty hunter.

Publisher, Daedalic Entertainment, announced that Glitchpunk will launch as an Early Access title on Steam and infuses the nostalgia of old-school classics with their own perspective on the issues of our world and future.

What is the official Glitchpunk release date?

There is no official release date slated for Glitchpunk as of yet, however, the game will launch for Early Access on August the 11th 2021. Glitchpunk will launch exclusively on Windows PC and can be picked up via the Steam Store. There is no price listed for the game at this time.

The publishers have noted that they are "pretty confident about the current state of development" and endeavour to release the polished version of the game "within 6 to 8 months”.

This means that the retail version of the game should hit the shelves early next year. Pricing for the retail copy may also be different to the Early Access copy.

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Glitchpunk launches for Early Access on August 11th 2021 (Picture: Dark Lord)

"We evaluate the pricing regularly as the game gains features, expands in scope and moves to beta and release phases", the publishers noted.

Glitchpunk: Gameplay

Glitchpunk's gameplay is reminiscent of the old GTA 2 "top-down" style but features explosive action and Cyberpunk-like aesthetics. It's best described as an old school classic with a modern-day twist. If you're a fan of the GTA franchise then you'll love this.

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Glitchpunk gameplay (Picture: Dark Lord)

"Run, hack, steal, drive, shoot and blast your way through the criminal underworld of the future. Make some friends [and] make even more enemies. Kill or be killed, even if it means killing everything you love" - Glitchpunk on Steam.

Glitchpunk will have players journey in a dystopian world filled with sex, drugs and guns. You will play as a glitched-out android and attempt to destabilize a tyrannical government of a post-nuclear era in order to craft your own agenda. 

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Cause anarchy in Glitchpunk (Picture: Dark Lord)

Much like the GTA franchise, you will be poised to choose your own future. You can also purchase upgrades to enhance your weapons or abilities (like hacking) to allow you to better manipulate your surroundings or other people.

Yes, you read that right - you will be able to hack the minds of bystanders!

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Play as an android bounty hunter in Glitchpunk (Picture: Dark Lord)

Glitchpunk also smashes GTA's 6-star criminal "wanted" system and replaces it with a 10-star criminal escalation system for some frantic police chases that will challenge even the most skilled criminals. 

  • Brutal top-down action with a big arsenal of weapons to choose from
  • Many different ways of locomotion, including trains, tanks, motorbikes, buses, trucks and obviously tons of cars
  • 12 gangs with their own stories, quests and culture
  • 4 different cities, from the desert-remains of the USA to a cyberpunk Soviet Russia in a post-nuclear winter *
  • Mature story with several endings
  • Rare art style mix of 2D sprites in a 3D environment
  • In-game radio with music by artists from all over the world, together with news stations and absurd commercials
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Brawl, shoot and drive in Glitchpunk (Picture: Dark Lord)

The developers indicate that the Early Access version of the game will only launch with one city (Outpost Texas). City two (New Baltia) will follow after four weeks, cities three and four (Moscow and Neo Tokyo) will be added during the Early Access period.

Glitchpunk: recommended system specifications

Glitchpunk appears to be playable on most modern PC systems.

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Glitchpunk launches for Early Access August 11th 2021 (Picture: Dark Lord)
We've listed the minimum and recommended system specifications below, per the Steam Store page.
Minimum PC requirements:
  • OS: Windows 7 SP 1
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1600
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 960 / Radeon RX 570
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 14 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
Recommended PC requirements:
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8700 / AMD Ryzen 7 2700
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 1070 / Radeon RX 590
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 14 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

You can check out the gameplay of Glitchpunk in the video by SplatterCatGaming below.

Glitchpunk launches for Early Access exclusively on Microsoft Windows PC on August 11th 2021 on Steam.

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Header image via Dark Lord.