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Warhammer 40K: Boltgun is a gory old-school homage to Doom

Warhammer 40K: Boltgun was one of the more surprising reveals at this year's Warhammer Skulls showcase, and it's inspired by classic '90s shooters

Warhammer 40k: Boltgun reveal trailer: Three chaos space marines in black and gold armour approach at the top of a ramp in a massive factory, the characters are rendered in pixelated '90s art style.

One of the big surprises during the Warhammer Skulls showcase this year was Warhammer 40K: Boltgun, a gloriously bloody FPS game designed to evoke the excess of classic shooters of the ’90s. It’s in development at Auroch Digital, and slated for release in 2023.

The Warhammer 40K: Boltgun trailer begins looking like it’s about to introduce a new Life is Strange game: it’s a cozy scene of an unseen person unpacking old belongings from cardboard boxes, eventually finding one that contains their old Warhammer 40K miniatures and games. In it, there’s a 3.5″ floppy diskette, lovingly labeled with a hand-drawn design.

The gameplay footage, by contrast, is pure ’90s FPS grunge, with chunky pixels, enemies with just a few frames of animation each, and a bolt pistol that ejects a steady stream of piping hot brass (each casing even has the classic artifacting around the edge – heaven!) It looks like we’ll be playing as a member of the Ultramarines, aerating our way through hordes of enemies that include daemons, cultists, and Chaos space marines as well.

Here’s the trailer:

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Auroch Digital says Boltgun, which you can find on Steam now, will be launching in 2023.