Ghostrunner 2 – Lore / Key Features / Game Mechanics

The Ghostrunner Story

In Ghostrunner, players ascend humanity’s last refuge, Dharma Tower – a city plagued by violence, poverty, and chaos, ruled over by the Keymaster, a vicious tyrant. After defeating the ruthless Keymaster and liberating the people of Dharma Tower, humanity is finally free to make its own future. 

The Keymaster’s death, however, leads to a power vacuum that is quickly filled by new parties. Once again, Dharma Tower becomes a dangerous place, filled with violent gangs and secretive cult members. Thankfully, with the rise of the Interface Council, there is still hope. 

Ghostrunner 2 opens a year after the events of the first game. Players join the Interface in their quest to bring order to this futuristic dystopian world. When the death of one Ghostrunner is mourned, another one is about to be reborn… 

Key Features

FAST-PACED PUSH-FORWARD ACTION – Regardless of its difficulty, setting, or story – the heart and soul of Ghostrunner 2 is fast, agile push-forward combat and platforming. Mainline assets will play up the concept of being an unstoppable killing machine as an emotional draw for new players and a reminder to existing Ghostrunner players of the potent power fantasy they experienced in the previous title.

EARN YOUR KILLS – We don’t shy away from a core tenant of Ghostrunner – the ultimate power fantasy is the one you earn; by adapting to and mastering the gameplay – players earn their kills and progression. With new abilities and upgrade paths, players are empowered to tackle challenging combat and platforming sections and discover your own ultimate killing machine.

QUINTESSENTIAL CYBERPUNK – Ghostrunner 2’s setting, tone, story, characters and music continue a long pop-culture tradition of celebrating gritty cyberpunk – powerful heroes, monolithic villains, brutalist architecture, neon lights, dark alleys; themes of dissent, despotism, and the struggle to define what makes us human – all set to a tailormade synth-wave soundtrack from some of the genre’s biggest artists.

HUMANITY’S SAVIOR – Ghostrunner 2 has a stronger and more prominent narrative. Players are entrusted with a noble cause – save humanity – as Jack’s “brothers,” exiled Ghostrunners, seek to destroy the last remnants of mankind. We will leverage the compelling story to emotionally engage new players and provide existing players with a cool continuation of Ghostrunner’s plot. 

Key Game Mechanics

ONE-HIT ONE-KILL – Players and most enemies have a single hit point., it’s a crucial part of the game’s combat and power fantasy loops. Instant restarts and frequent checkpoints avoid player frustration or feeling like they’re being punished.

EXTRAORDINARY MOBILITY – Mobility is the cornerstone of Ghostrunner 2’s push-forward movement philosophy. Wall running, sliding, dashing, ledge boosting, grappling etc. allow players to engage in combat, strategize their attacks and react precisely.

SPECIAL SKILLS AND ABILITIES – Ghostrunner 2 brings back fan-favorite abilities allowing players to gain the upper hand in combat and more tools to the game’s toolbox, allowing players to engage in combat in unique ways – including a new block and perfect parry system.

MOTORCYCLE COMBAT – Vehicular combat is added to the Ghostrunner 2 combat formula. It adds a new look to the game and a pacing element while still adhering to the franchise’s core combat philosophy. 

Volodymyr Azimoff
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Being a big gaming fan, I believe that I have a lot to share with other gamers. I got my first official job in the game industry in 2005 and continue to develop there. It's a true blessing when your passion, hobby, and job combine into something one. My favorite console is the Nintendo Switch. I think you can all guess why. Because I just bought a Steam Deck. I love playing on PC, but my main love for me will always be Xbox. Anyway, it's complicated and simple at the same time. After all, I'm back in the days of the ZX Spectrum (1994)…

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