Back in March of this year, 3D Realms revealed they’d partnered with KillPixel Games to create a new Quake 1 engine shooter titled WRATH: Aeon of Ruin. Fast forward eight months and WRATH‘s Early Access launch is upon us, bringing with it two full levels and the first of the game’s three non-linear hub areas. The full version will be released some time in 2020 (and I think that Ion Fury has proved that 3D Realms is great at keeping in touch with their schedules, so there’s nothing to worry about there). How much does it cost? US$24.99 with a 5% launch discount lasting until November 29th.
You are Outlander. Once adrift upon the Ageless Sea, you now find yourself on the shores of a dying world. From the consuming darkness emerges a figure cloaked in white, the Shepherd of Wayward Souls, who burdens you with the task of hunting down the remaining Guardians of the Old World. You must journey into the vast gloom to explore ancient ruins, discover forgotten secrets and battle the horrors that lurk within.
Fueled by legendary Quake 1 technology, the veins of WRATH pump with the DNA of revered ’90s shooters. WRATH embraces the timeless elements of classic titles such as DOOM, QUAKE, DUKE NUKEM 3D, BLOOD, UNREAL and HEXEN and carries them into the 21st century.
Equipped with weapons of exceptional might and an inventory of powerful artifacts, you must traverse ancient crypts, sunken ruins, corrupted temples and howling forests to bring death to your enemies. But do not underestimate your adversaries, for they are great in power and number. Your mind must be as sharp as your blade if you hope to survive the dangers ahead.
By the way, while 3D Realms is busy giving classic shooters a new lease on life (much like what New Blood Interactive have been doing over the past two years), wouldn’t it be cool if Randy Pitchford was for once true to his word and worked on a way to get the 2001 Duke Nukem Forever build out? 3D Realms boss Frederik Schreiber said it’s 90% complete, and if there’s someone whose word I’m willing to believe in, it’s the guy who gave us Ion Fury.