It’s Warhammer Skulls week, and that means we’re getting a fresh, blood-soaked supply of Warhammer game news and announcements. Speaking of new games, one reveal instantly sparked my interest. As a older fellow who grew up on “boomer shooters,” Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun is a game that I’d be happy to have on my PC. Boltgun is a new story set in the Warhammer universe, but through the pixelated lens of ’90s first-person shooters. Grab that gun and Chainsword, it’s time to gib some daemons.
The trailer paired along with the game should no doubt get some waterworks flowing for long-time 40K fans. A person goes through some old boxes, only to discover some long-lost figured and, of course, a floppy disc with “Boltgun” written on the front. It feels appropriate for the ’90s-inspired Boltgun to come on a floppy. But you know we’re all just going to download it when it arrives in 2023.
Gameplay footage in the trailer is all-too brief, sadly. But it does provide a good glimpse on what you should expect. If what you’re expecting is a lot of blasting and flying, blocky innards, you’d be right. Boltgun gameplay has the makings of Doom, with flat enemies featuring crude animations. The world around, however, is more polygonal, aping games like the original Quake. All in all, Boltgun looks like a gritty and violent shooter from the before time, and I’m down for that.
Bringing a Chainsword to a gun fight
It’s still a bit early for all the details, but Boltgun will probably be pretty light on things like story. Instead, developer Auroch Digital seems more interested in making a game where you just mow down daemons and Chaos Space Marines in a tornado of bullets and blood. And that’s perfectly okay in my book. The game’s Steam page mentions large levels, and taking missions “across the galaxy.”
Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun is heading to PC via Steam some time in 2023. Check out the Steam page if you’re interested to know a bit more.