Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun Announced, Doom-Style Boomer Shooter

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Auroch Digital and Focus Entertainment have announced Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun, a 90s-style shooter drawing on the lineage of the original Doom and Quake games.

Revealed as part of the Warhammer Skulls showcase, Warhammer 40k: Boltgun transforms you into a Space Marine and shoves the classic bolt weapon into your armored fists. You can then use it to take down dozens of Space Marines and Chaos Daemons, each lovingly rendered as sprites for that authentic 90s feel. retro, the trailer shows enemies exploding like water balloons filled with red corn syrup with every pull of the trigger.

Auroch Digital says players will be able to “run, jump, and charge through massive levels to shoot, tear, and slice the galaxy’s worst heretics!” The trailer only features a brief amount of gameplay footage, but we see the titular bolter, a fusion pistol, and also hear the rise of a chainsword. Hopefully, there will be a vast arsenal available, as Space Marines have no shortage of an absurd range of weaponry to destroy enemies.

No firm release date has been announced, but Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun is coming to PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC sometime in 2023. It will join Dusk, Ion Fury and Amid Evil within the framework of the recent genre known as “boomer shooter”; a set of games designed to replicate the style and sensibilities of early FPS games like Doom, Quake, and Duke Nukem.

Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun – First Screenshots

For more Warhammer, check out the new RPG Warhammer 40k: Rogue Trader, plus everything else revealed at Warhammer Skulls.

Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Features Editor.

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