Kate is a Netflix original about an assassin who has 24 hours to live. It haunts Kate (for that’s the protagonist’s name) as she tries to find a cure for a poison she fought and works to escape Tokyo’s criminal underworld. I don’t know if it’s good or not, but I know it’s getting a game adaptation in the form of Kate: Collateral Damage.
The isometric, pixel-like roguelike is the work of Ludic Studios, who are responsible for the well-received Akane and upcoming Wind Runners (which were planned in early 2021 but have become MIA). Kate: Collateral Damage is described as “time-attack, action roguelike” and the trailer definitely promises a fast, twitch-oriented shooter, although you can also wield knives and katanas.
Oh, and like in the movie, if she can’t find a way to neutralize the poison, Kate will die. A timeline is constantly depleted, but you can slow it down by killing enemies. Go too long without landing some fatal shots and you will tip over and die. There are other ways to extend the timer as well, and a variety of different roguelike-style buffs and modifiers. It looks a bit like an isometric hotline Miami with Permadeath.
This is not the first time that a game adaptation for a Netflix series has appeared: There was Stranger Things 3, which, by the way, is no longer listed in PC shop windows. Given that Netflix is getting into game development, many assumed the delist was due to an inevitable Netflix game app, which makes Kate’s appearance on Steam a bit of a mystery.
Kate: Collateral Damage will be out on Steam on October 23rd. Check out the trailer below.