An upcoming indie game, Handcop, has caught the attention of many online communities with its unusual premise – an FPS where you play as a disembodied hand.
Roaming the streets as protagonist Michael McWrist, Handcop players will be treated to a game that not only makes them laugh, but is a serious first-person shooter – as developer Jeff Ramos was keen to point out.
What do you call this camera? Is it first person? Third person? Over the knuckle? I don't know 🤷♂️#screenshotsaturday #gamedev #game #indiedev #madewithunity #unity3d #handcop #retro #retrogame #gaming #outrun pic.twitter.com/qo0YNTt8vZ
— Jeff Ramos Michael McWrist 💙 (@jeffaramos) July 10, 2021
In an interview with IGN, the Brazilian developer explained that although Handcop is an amusing premise, the game will have finely-tuned action and shooting mechanics. “Different from most comedy games, the shooting is for real here,” Ramos explains in the interview. “It is very satisfying and the headshots are superb.”
— Jeff Ramos Michael McWrist 💙 (@jeffaramos) September 18, 2021
Several examples of concept art and animation have already been shared on Reddit and Twitter, pushing Handcop to the forefront of many communities. An almost entirely one-man project, Ramos says that the whole idea started as an experiment. “I was playing finger football with my wife,” he explains, “and I saw a TV commercial featuring the hand from The Addams Family. So I thought it would be funny to learn procedural animations using a hand instead of a humanoid.”
Handcop is not a @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN game. Or maybe that's what someone that is making a Kojima game would say
— Jeff Ramos Michael McWrist 💙 (@jeffaramos) September 25, 2021
The tiny McWrist is able to perform stealth moves, finger his way along power lines, and even snap his fingers to trigger a teleport. Handcop has many unique features, and is more than just a visual gag, says Ramos. “Many people commented [saying] that ‘this could be a great game! I tried my best to explain that this IS a game.”
There is no news yet on when Handcop will be ready for release, but Ramos shares updates regularly from his Twitter account.
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