Rustler is like old-school GTA but medieval, and with catapulting cows

"Complete insane quests, kill heroes, steal horses, fight guards, rob peasants, and more!"

Rustler is essentially what you’d get if you crossed the old-school GTA games with Kingdom Come Deliverance, and, er, trebuchet-able cows. Developer Jutsu Games and indie publishers Modus Games and Games Operators have just announced their medieval crime game – an “hilariously unhinged medieval ‘grand theft horse’ experience” – hits Steam Early Access next month.

In the upcoming PC game, you play as “anti-hero Guy”, the devs reveal in a press release – a peasant determined to win a grand tournament, and cause some carnage along the way. You can get an idea of this in action in the alpha version gameplay trailer below. It’s very much like a top-down GTA game, complete with high-speed car(t) chases, pedestrians to mow down, horse-mounted coppers with flashing red and blue lights, and – of course – all the “absurd quests” and pop culture references you’d expect from a classic Grand Theft Auto.

There’s even a Monty Python and The Holy Grail joke squeezed in – you know the one: “It’s just a flesh wound!” Plus, you can hire a walking ‘radio’ – that is, a personal bard – if you’re keen to hear some tunes during your antics.

Take a look at Rustler for yourself below:

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If you’re keen to give it a go, the good news is its prologue – a “story introduction” to the game’s full version rather than a demo – is live to give a go on Steam right now. The full game hits Steam Early Access on February 18, with Rustler’s full launch to follow sometime later this year.

While you wait, we also have a list of the best medieval games on PC if you’re on the lookout for something new – but set in the old days – to try.