“You’re running around, stealing cars, shooting up bad guys. What’s not to like?”
-B. Simmons (GAMBIT Magazine)
Avenge Your Brother’s Murder & Stay Alive in Riskers
Now available on Steam for only $7.49
MONTREAL – Oct. 17, 2017 – Published by M4 and developed by Shot X Studio, the top-down 2D shooter Riskers can now be purchased on Steam! Experience a sordid tale of revenge merging brutal gunplay and reckless driving in this nostalgic nod to two of the best top-down shooters in recent history: the original Grand Theft Auto (1997) and Hotline Miami (2012).
In Riskers, you take on the role of ex-con-turned-lowly-garbageman Rick Paradis. After finding a briefcase filled with money and deciding to keep the cash, Rick must now fight to survive as he is hunted down by thugs out to get what is rightfully theirs. Things quickly take a personal turn as Rick’s brother becomes a casualty. He must now make things right – even if it means breaking the law once again.
Choose from a an arsenal of weapons including shotguns, pistols, automatic rifles, and sniper rifles. No ammo? No problem! When all else fails, you can pick up chairs and throw them at enemies to slow them down a notch. If stealth is the name of the game, it’s time to slip into darkness – thanks to the game’s day and night cycles.
Tackle the main storyline and enjoy comic book-style cutscenes – or delve into a variety of side missions. The choice is yours in the open world of Riskers.
“Riskers pays homage to the types of games I used to play while growing up in Georgia (the country, not the state),” says Shota Bobokhidze, lead developer, Shot X Studios. “My main design pillar was to give players enough gameplay variety to cater to most play styles. Riskers is a game for everyone – whether you enjoy racing or shooting bad guys.”
“It takes a tremendous amount of effort to design and ship a game on your own,” adds Jeff Giasson, founder and CEO at M4. “M4 is more than happy to support daring developers like Shota Bobokhidze – who knew the odds and still charged ahead to make their childhood dream a reality.”
- Play a unique mix of game genres (top-down action, driving, and shooting).
- Experience an interactive open world, complete with a day and night cycle.
- Explore highly-detailed interior levels.
- Eliminate enemies with a selection of eight different weapons, or resort to chair-throwing.
- Take a break from the main story and complete a variety of side missions.
- Immerse yourself in the story through comic book-style cutscenes.
- Search for in-game collectibles!
Pricing & Availability
Riskers is now available on Steam for only $7.49 – 25% off the game’s retail price. On October 24, Riskers will return to its original price of $9.99. The original soundtrack retails for $3.74 – and a bundle with game + OST can be purchased for $8.42 during the launch sale.
About Shot X Studio
Founded in 2016 by Shota Bobokhidze, Shot X Studio is a one-man company based in Tbilisi – the capital of Georgia. As a child, Shota dreamed of having his drawings and ideas come to life in the form of video games. At age 12, he came across Game Maker and was amazed by its capabilities. Game development soon became a passion, and Shota quickly latched onto Game Maker as the perfect 2D game engine – creating a variety of prototypes along the way. Out of this came Riskers, which is Shota’s first game.
Based in Montreal and founded in 2004 by Jeff Giasson, M4 is an indie-game publisher that specializes in the digital distribution of mobile and PC games. Serving independent developers aiming to reach a wider audience without compromising their vision, M4’s team of industry veterans works alongside studios such as Grave Danger Games (AFTERGRINDER), Betelgeuse Zero (Orange Moon), House On Fire (The Silent Age), Zeppelin Studio (Schein), and Frisky Fatal Games (Soulless: Ray of Hope) to deliver modern classics for audiences with a discerning taste.