So... Faith. She’s the dozy-looking chick with the freckles?
Nope, that’s just part of the rubbish title. The broad is Ruby, and the bloke is Luke - a deadly duo of romantically-entwined outlaws with more than a sniff of Bonnie and Clyde about them. But whereas most co-op shooters feature strapping tough guys, the nature of Ruby and Luke’s relationship actually has a significant impact upon both aesthetics and gameplay.
Being hopeless romantics, we’re sold. Go on...
Well, the pair certainly display affection for one another - from kisses of appreciation for a job well done to the kiss of life if you fall in battle. Co-op (and it’s jump in/jump out both online and off, by the way) attacks will range from the basic ‘you suppress, I flank’ shooter staple to snazzier fare like Luke tossing a can of gasoline at an onrushing pack of enemies before Ruby detonates it with her rifle for an impromptu BBQ. This gal is set to be a genuinely fleshed-out sidekick - she’s no meek passenger, that’s for sure.
So it’s the thirties?
Yep. So get ready for cameos by Franklin D. Roosevelt and... er, scratch that. Despite the period setting, the dark army of steel-plated vehicles, and armor clad, flamethrower-wielding pyromaniacs you’ll encounter lends it a more modern, almost steampunk edge. Not only that, but the game will take the form of one long road movie - beginning in the Southern states and working up to the Midwest over five days. And, guess what? Missions are streaming, meaning there’s no load screens! At all!
Let’s talk villains...
The game’s primary antagonist is greedy oil tycoon John Mammon (titter), but a more immediate threat to our star-crossed lovers is Sheriff Duke - who relentlessly pursues the pair across the US. Just what they’ve done to raise their hackles is unclear, but it seems our vigilantes soon become heroes to the beleaguered American people, bless them.