Mexican developer Mecha Studios has launched a crowdfunding campaign for Neon City Riders, a futuristic game full of punks, superpowers and warring gangs.

It’s a rough world out there, but Neon City is particularly rough. There’s a vicious street gang in every direction, and gang warfare is a daily reality. All of that’s about to change when the protagonist of Neon City Riders enters the scene.

The mask-wearing Rick might look more like a baddie or a serial killer (and well, the latter might not be entirely untrue), but he has ambitious plans: he’s going to free the people trapped in gangland turfs and unite them under one banner. So like a cyberpunk Nobunaga, of sorts?

Now up on Kickstarter, Neon City Riders throws you into an open world and lets you explore it freely, kind of like the 2D Zelda games, but with Metroidvania exploration. In your quest to break down the gangs, you’ll hunt for items and superpowers while building up your own gang. You can even chat with your fellow gang members, an ability that reminds me of the Saints Row games.

Combat is fast-paced, and involves using your abilities and the environment in tandem. There’s a wide range of enemies, and each gang has its own superhuman powers. They look kind of cool, actually? A cyberpunk gangland overrun by Vanilla Ice impersonators, BDSM fetishists, actual walking crocodiles and Native American robots is one I want a look at.

Neon City Riders is in development for PC, Mac and Linux. Depending on whether or not the campaign reaches the stretch goal, it will also release on PS4.

Want to unite people in a Zelda-inspired game but by less violent means? Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles lets you do this. If the idea of running around violently in a cyberpunk city does enthuse you though, have a look at Tokyo 42.

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