And the vibe on the title’s secret website is no better. Visit the URL taketheir.money and you’ll be asked to enter a secret code, which is hidden in the game’s trailer. You can then effectively sign up for a mailing list, but not before telling the developer which billionaire needs a “spanking”. It’s all needlessly edgy, garish, and frankly makes us want to gag.
Of course, in addition to all of this is the fact that, conceptually, the game looks just about as dime a dozen as you can get – hilarious considering it’s all about stealing from the super-rich. In terms of art style it’s almost identical to the upcoming Hyenas, another game which has been staunchly criticised for its forgettable direction – and it’s not a million miles away from the dozens of other impending shooter copycats, like XDefiant et al.
There’s also a hint of irony to the fact this is a live service game, and something cringe-inducing about the very real reality it’ll likely lean heavily into microtransactions – a great way of sticking it to the billionaires, eh? Look, we hope the game ends up great, and obviously we’re not going to draw any firm conclusions from a first trailer. But as far as first impressions go, this game couldn’t have got it more wrong.