For anyone looking for a FPS made in the style of classic shooters like Blood, Doom, Redneck Rampage or Duke Nukem 3D should have been watching DUSK from New Blood Interactive. Now the developer have announced that the game will be released on Steam Early Access on January 11, with the final release due a few months later.
DUSK has been marked as releasing "Soon" for a long time, with pre-order customers getting full access to the first episode of the game. Now New Blood are doing the sensible thing and releasing on Early Access in January 2018, adding Episode 2 to the current version as well as a Beta version of the 'DuskWorld' multiplayer.
"By opening the game up to more people in Early Access – we'll be able to get all the DUSKWorld testing we need on a larger scale, give you Episode 2 sooner than later (why not) and also finally allow DUSK to start being seen on the Steam store as a purchasable game with user reviews plus possibly get promotion from Valve – all of which is super important for an indie game.
Also - when we weighed the pros and cons of putting DUSK into Early Access? There really was no downside. We get more players, more testers, more sales, more of a presence on the Steam store, and more love from you (we hope) for giving you more content."
New Blood admits that there are games that have abused the Early Access system, but they insist that DUSK will be "an Early Access game done right" and they promise not to be in Early Access for long.
We'll have a preview of DUSK Episodes 1 and 2 before January 11, so keep an eye out for that. It really does play like a sequel to Blood, done in the Quake II engine, and frankly that's the exact type of FPS we've been hoping to play for years. As great as the likes of Wolfenstein II are we also want a straightforward FPS with plenty of secrets, wild easter eggs, fun shooting and just pure great level design - and DUSK has recaptured the feeling of a Late 90s PC FPS perfectly.
We'll have more on DUSK soon.