Permadeath is often an integral part of roguelikes and modern indie games, mixing unforgiving gameplay with procedural level design. Developer Secret Base brings this widely used mechanic to its upcoming beat-em-up game, Streets of Red, in an especially unforgiving way.
When you die in Streets of Red, that’s it. You don’t have any second chances. Instead, you’re forced to start all over from the beginning. Rather than grinding or leveling up, Streets of Red instead tests your skills and patience. This brawler brings the classic arcade experience home, without the ability to insert a quarter to continue. It may sound daunting, but it could also make a captivatingly tense game.
Streets of Red can be played through local co-op with friends, though it does not include online co-op. Watch the trailer below.
Streets of Red releases for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 as of February 27.