The publisher behind the likes of Hotline Miami and Broforce last week announced that they’ll be publishing the turn-based action-stealth platformer Ronin, from indie developer Tomasz Waclawek, on PC later this year.
Already being tagged as a “Gunpoint ripoff” (by the developer himself, I might add), Ronin is much more than that with Transistor-like turn-based action, with Gunpoint’s steath, aesthetic and jumping mechanic, okay, so it is a little bit like Gunpoint. There’s also a lot of ninja-y things in there too though, which is pretty awesome.
Despite Waclawek’s comments about it being a Gunpoint ripoff, Gunpoint developer Tom Francis strongly disagreed with this assessment and said that Ronin is “an awesome grappling-hook ninja-assassin game” in the notes to his Let’s Play video of Ronin’s early build.
“It’s clearly not a Gunpoint ripoff, because the core mechanics are so different,” Francis elaborated on his blog. “A lot of what it does copy is superficial, and that stuff doesn’t matter. But the jump is pretty central, and if that was directly taken from Gunpoint, I’m delighted. I wouldn’t want anyone to reuse Gunpoint’s artwork or music, but the ideas in it are absolutely there for the taking. Every non-standard thing about it, from the jumping controls to the saving system, I did because I wanted more games to be that way. If there’s actually a case where Gunpoint caused more games to work this way, that’s a huge thrill for me.”
Which I guess is a nice thing to hear, eh?
Humorously Waclawek replied to Francis’ blog post saying, “This is most disappointing. I tried really hard to make a Gunpoint clone and he says its not like Gunpoint. I really don’t know what I’ve done wrong:(”
Like a lot of indie titles hitting the big-time, Ronin first started off as a freeware build, but the game has received some visual and gameplay improvements for its final release. You can still checkout the freeware version if you want something to play.
Overall the full game will span 15 stages with the task of assassinating five heavily guarded foes. Check out the gameplay trailer above too see how the game looks.