Defragmented is a cyberpunk ARPG inspired by Diablo, Borderlands and Hotline Miami


Indie studio, Glass Knuckle Games, have just launched a Kickstarter campaign for a top-down cyberpunk shooter: Defragmented. Touting levels ladened with neon laser fights, and a “pulsing synth” soundtrack, the game borrows from hit action RPGs such as Diablo/Borderlands, and Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number for its music.

With quite a measly $15,000 Kickstarter goal, it’s definitely one to keep an eye on.

There’s a distinct lack of cyberpunk games today; our next big alternative, Cyberpunk 2077, is still many years away.

“Our story is inspired by settings found in defining cyberpunk works while incorporating elements from some of our personal favorite contemporary classics.” Glass Knuckle Games explained. “We aim to immerse you in a cyberpunk story about cloning, rebellion, and the mysterious city of Entropolis. And yes, there will be hackers!”

If this all sounds enticing, then here’s what you can expect from the game:

  • Cyberpunk aesthetic: Explore a neon, science fiction-fueled Earth inspired by some of the greatest cyberpunk media of the past 40 years.
  • RPG character progression: Level up, unlock new skills and abilities, grow stronger. Shoot, loot, and repeat as your character evolves.
  • Super fast-paced combat: Weapons have real power, and death is certain. Quickly respawn and persist until your enemies have been defeated.
  • Six playable characters: Each with two skill trees for vast customization options.
  • Procedural loot: Collect procedurally-generated futuristic guns and gadgets. Deck out your character and find the rarest gear available.
  • Destructible environments: The environment becomes your own tactical cover. Be careful, though – bullets will rip through lighter objects.
  • Retro-futuristic soundtrack: Pulse-pounding synthwave and heavy electronic beats compel you to fly through each hectic level. Featuring artists heard on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number.

If you want to find out more about Defragmented, head on over to the game’s Kickstarter page, where there’s lots of juicy GIFs of the game in action.