Stephen King writing as Richard Bachman in the early 80s released The Running Man -- a dystopian sci fi novel that eventually made its way to the silver screen in an action epic starring Arnie. Now, some 40-plus years later a new game is taking inspiration from the classic story, as well as other 80s and 90s action films, titled Showgunners, and it looks rad.
In a future society torn apart by extreme income inequality, climate change, and civil unrest, one show has taken the masses by storm, giving desperate competitors a shot at fame and glory. But first they’ll have to survive the arena. Each live-streamed broadcast delivers a hellish new obstacle course with a unique theme, traps and challenges. As a contestant with your own score to settle, you’ll have to battle other heavily armed combatants, explore for life-saving sponsorship packages, and outwit especially devious surprises from the show’s director if you hope to become the next champ.From publisher Good Shepherd Entertainment and developer Artificer, Showgunners currently has a demo available on Steam and will be releasing proper this coming May 2 for PC on Steam and GOG.
Also, if you've never read The Running Man novel, do yourself a favour and pick it up. It's infinitely better than the movie, which is saying a lot. It also might have one of the most claustraphobic passages ever written.