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Akira and Furi Inspired Boss-Rush Game Gripper Coming to PC and Nintendo Switch in March 2023

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Gripping and Ripping its Way to Release.

Today, developer Heart Core LTD. is excited to announce that its story-driven cyberbike action game, Gripper, is releasing on Windows PC and Nintendo Switch on March 29. Players will soon be able to enter the burnout seat of their very own cyberbike as they race through an explosive cyberpunk setting featuring furious dark synth tracks, emotionally charged storytelling, and deadly bosses, each based on a different stage of grief.

“We’re thrilled to finally announce the release date for Gripper and to be so close to sharing the excitement and emotional experience with players around the world,” said Heart Core LTD co-founder Kirill Zolovkin. “Our love for Akira and games like Furi and Hyper Light Drifter helped inspire Gripper, along with my experience working through the loss of my mother. We thank you all for supporting us so far and are looking forward to sharing the full weight of Gripper later this month.”

In Gripper, players take control of None, a cyber biker trapped inside a world on the brink of collapse. Long-estranged from his parents, None is jolted back into their lives and forced to save the world from the mysterious AI known as Zero. Aided by his childhood stuffed animal, turned mechanized cat buddy, Kat-Kit, None must race across post-apocalyptic wastelands, explore treacherous tunnels, and defeat challenging bosses by gripping and ripping their hearts out. Working through grief is never easy, especially when the fate of the world is in your hands.
Watch the latest trailer for Gripper
Brought to life by a talented development team whose credits include Assassin’s Creed ValhallaAtomic Heart and Rainbow Six SiegeGripper is an adrenaline filled adventure, chalk full of action and replay value.

Players can experience a taste of Gripper right now via the demo that is available on Windows PC.

Key features of Gripper include:
  • Family Comes First: Experience the story of a broken family, and the trials and tribulations of putting it back together.

  • Grip and Tear Until it is Done: Use your cyberbike grappling hook to tear apart intimidating bosses of all shapes and sizes, each representing a different stage of grief.

  • Meet Kat-Kit the Cat: Your childhood stuffed animal is alive and…sassy? Kat-Kit is here to cheer you on and help you upgrade your bike to the max.

  • Apocalyptic Acclamation: Explore post-apocalyptic cyberpunk biomes which will form a vast world to travel through.

  • Love the Smell of Burning Rubber: Speed your way through intense tunnel riding tracks; dodging hazards and pitfalls at breakneck speeds.

  • Sounds of the Future: Enjoy an entrancing blend of visual splendor and synth beat sounds that immerse you in a truly alien world.

Gripper is launching on March 29, 2023 for 19.99 USD on Nintendo Switch and Windows PC.


Epic MegaGrant Recipient

“Gamescom Official Selection 2022”

“Grand Prize Winner” — DevGAMM Minsk

“Best Indie Game Winner” — DevGAMM Minsk

“Best Art Winner & Best Game Nominee” — Unreal Engine Dev Contest 2021

To further prepare for your adventure, be sure to follow Gripper on TwitterYouTubeReddit, join the official Discord, and visit the official website.

A full press kit, including logos and screenshots, can be found here:

About Heart Core LTD

Heart Core LTD is an indie studio built by cinema and game dev experts. Their founders are Oscar and Palme d’Or nominees and their designers have worked on Assassin’s CreedValhalla, Rainbow Six: Siege and Atomic Heart. They are spread across the globe in Bulgaria, Ukraine, the UK, Uzbekistan, Latvia, Kazakhstan, and Thailand, and are connected by their love for classic video games and heart-filled stories.


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