2045. Life's never been cheaper. Shells mean you can come back if you have money. You used to. Now you're on the bottom in a cyberpunk sprawl. Claw your way back up through wet work as a Shell Runner, in a PvE extraction looter shooter, where a gig can make you rich - or broke.
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Mostly Positive (42) - 78% of the 42 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jul 15, 2024

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Why Early Access?

“With Shell Runner, we're tackling a very unique type of game, and in order to pull off what we want to achieve, we need to work closely with our community to gather feedback and make Shell Runner the best game it can possibly be.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Our Early Access will mainly focus on fixing bugs, improving the core gameplay experience, and adding new content. In turn, this means it can vary anywhere between 3 to 6 months.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“We plan to include more missions, more levels, different mission objectives, and potentially lots of additional content like weapons, shells, gadgets, and QoL improvements.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is fully playable in both single player and co-op. It has been extensively tested and offers a great amount of content to explore and engage with. For a more detailed look at the features implemented, please see the "About This" section of our Steam page.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The game will see a price increase while in Early Access and after the full release.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Involving our community is a huge part of why we chose to enter Early Access. We are going to set up different channels through which our community members will be able to provide feedback and shape the game with us. The best way to engage with us is through our Discord channel!”
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About This Game

Welcome to 2045. The long struggle between people and corporations left the megacorps as overlords, ruling over the broken remnants of humanity huddled together in vast urban sprawls. But with no law or government beyond corporate boards, the underworld thrives. You are a Shell Runner using lifelike Shells to carry out wet work for anyone willing to pay.

Shell Runner is a top-down tactical shooter hybridized with looter shooter and extraction games. Every run can make you rich - but lose your Shell and you lose all that. Experience high-risk runs as a solo merc - or find allies and face the seedy underbelly of a dystopian future in cooperative mode.

Shells are remotely controlled bodies that blur the line between man and machine. Take control of one of over 20 Shells, from disposable everyman models for low-tier mercs to specialized high-tech Shells for corporate assassins and shock troops. But be careful: Lose a Shell on a mission and it's gone - together with all the gear, loot, and Silicon credits you managed to pilfer from other unfortunates living in the shadows of the corps.

Life's cheap and brutal in the sprawl. You're always outnumbered and outgunned and even a lowly thug can flatline your Shell in seconds if you don't play it smart. Plan ahead and outfit your Shell with an arsenal of melee weapons, firearms, and explosives. Fine-tune stats thanks to a multitude of modifiers. Then head in to complete your contract. Stay on your toes, plan your attack, and hit your targets where they least expect it.

No two runs are the same. Every mission is a procedurally-generated map, combining hand-crafted boss encounters with unpredictable randomness, ensuring no two runs are the same. Every Shell and item comes with random modifiers, meaning every contract is a risk - but also an opportunity. One job in the slums might leave you barely breaking even - the next one might make you break the bank. So get to work, Shell Runner, Silicon won’t earn itself!

AI Generated Content Disclosure

The developers describe how their game uses AI Generated Content like this:

We've created voice lines for the player's hub A.I. companion, known as L.A.N.A. (short for Logical Artificial Neural Assistant), to narrate tutorial texts. They are all pre-rendered.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Guns, blood and violence in the form of stylized low-poly models and particles.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 10+, 64-bit
    • Processor: 2.5Ghz+
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1060
    • Storage: 3 MB available space
    • Memory: 16 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 2060
    • Storage: 5 MB available space

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