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Vblank Entertainment has announced its next game, Shakedown: Hawaii, will make its PC debut first on the Epic Games Store this spring.
Vblank previously made the hit Retro City Rampage, which debuted in 2012 and sold more than 400,000 copies across multiple platforms. Originally envisioned as a Grand Theft Auto homage, it was the product of a single developer, game programmer Brian Provinciano.
Shakedown: Hawaii is a sequel to Retro City Rampage, set about 30 years after the events of the first game. The new game features an open world, destructible environments, and 16-bit visuals. The game will is in closed beta testing now.
Shakedown: Hawaii combines 16-bit open-world action and empire building. Players build a “legitimate” corporation by completing open world missions, acquiring businesses, sabotaging competitors, “re-zoning” land, and shaking down shops for protection money.
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