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Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Publisher: Focus Entertainment
Developer: Auroch Digital
Release Date: May 23, 2023

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'Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun' Forges of Corruption DLC + Free Horde Mode Update Coming In June - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 23, 2024 @ 10:20 a.m. PDT

Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun is a single-player FPS that delivers a hardcore, sprite-based experience in the boots of the ultimate war machine: a Space Marine.

Experience a perfect blend of Warhammer 40,000 fun paired with the classic FPS gameplay, style and visuals of your favorite ‘90s retro shooters.

Load up your Boltgun and plunge into action headfirst as a battle-hardened Space Marine on a perilous mission across the galaxy against the Chaos Space Marines and daemons of Chaos.

In glorious boomer shooter style, unleash your devastating Space Marine arsenal as you blast through sprites, pixels and viscera in glorious, boomer shooter style. Run, jump and charge across huge levels to shoot, shred and slice the foulest heretics of the galaxy!

In past classic shooters, enemies were simply dropped into the environment for you to shoot like a very sophisticated target range. Boltgun features a modern take on this. On top of plenty of classic locations with enemies diligently hand placed, there’s also areas where waves of heretics are dynamically spawned by an intelligent system to seek the most exciting positions to challenge the player. In these situations, designers pick the enemies using a “nodegraph” and construct escalating “encounters”. They then populate the combat “arenas” using “spawn points”, to denote locations where the enemies can appear in the world and “zones”, controlling the positions they should try to move to during combat. As the fight progresses the AI looks for the most suitable zone and attempts to move to it and engage the player.

In early shooters, intelligence was “hard coded” into the AI’s brains. They moved, hunted and shot based on simple rules that were executed largely in order. The current zeitgeist for digital adversaries revolves around “Behaviour Trees”, hierarchies of orders that the AI executes based on factors in the environment. The AI of Boltgun uses an alternative called “Finite State Machines”, a system first popularized by the Grunts of Half-Life. Every enemy has a brain that looks like a nodegraph. Within the graph are “state” nodes that the AI’s thoughts can occupy. When an AI is in one of these states it executes that state’s actions (shooting a gun, walking towards the player, throwing a grenade) and then uses “conditions” to work out what state it should transition to next. Our AI has states for all their attacks but also for “aware”, “unaware”, “flinch”, “dead” and “overkill”. Anything the enemies of Boltgun can do, including exploding into chunks of flesh, is part of their state machine.

Focus Entertainment and Auroch Digital announce that Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun, is getting a new DLC next month! Forges of Corruption arrives June 18th - along with a new Edition for newcomers - on PlayStation, Xbox and PC, followed by Nintendo Switch at a later date.

It’s time to get back to purging the heretics! 

You had a hell of a blast purging the heretics? Grab your holy chainsword, your trusted boltgun, and prepare for another adrenaline-pumping shootout, ‘cause your favorite Ultramarine is back !  Bring Boltgun’s bloodfest to another level with its new DLC: Forges of Corruption

Explore new environments and stop Chaos corruption before it engulfs the entire world of Graia! Exterminate new enemies face the monstrous Helbrute, the heavy weapon-wielding Havoc, and the vicious lightning claws of the Terminator. Purge with new weapons: Burn hordes of heretics with your Multi-melta or blow them away with the Missile Launcher. 

For new players, the Forges of Corruption Edition including the base game and the DLC will be the perfect way to get the full content at a reduced price. Prepare for the glorious, gory purge on June 18th!

Endless blasts of pixels - Free horde mode for all players

We've listened to your requests and we are adding two highly requested free updates to the base game for all: on June 18 you can dive into a new Horde mode, with its 4 difficulty levels and its own achievements! How long can you survive?
Plus, a navigation Guide to help direct the Emperor’s Chosen through levels as well as numerous bug fixes and quality of life improvements!

Chat to Auroch Digital - the Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun devs

Auroch Digital, developers of Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun, and huge Warhammer fans, will also be hosting an exclusive Q&A event in their Discord, where players can chat to the devs about all things Warhammer 40,000, Boltgun, and the upcoming DLC! 

Make sure to join before 5PM BST/6PM CEST/9AM PDT/12PM EDT on 24th May to take part on Discord.

Unlike the fully 3D models used for characters and objects in modern video games, retro games used “sprites”, two dimensional lists of pixel colors that represented flat images. As a modern game emulating those vintage aesthetics, Boltgun uses a hybrid system taking the best of modern technology and slamming it, pixels first, into the old ways.

The undisputed best retro shooter, id’s Doom had a unique approach to making its characters. The developers built maquettes (scale models) of Doom’s enemies and then photographed them from different directions. The photographs were then digitized and used in the game to represent the enemies. Modern games have become extremely good at creating beautiful characters that move in lifelike ways, as there are countless tools dedicated to just that. For Boltgun we created a hybrid process. Our enemies are modeled and textured in modern sculpting software, paying close attention to the details of Games Workshop’s tabletop miniatures. Then they’re “rigged”, a process involving giving them bones to form a skeleton that controls how the model can move. Once they’re fully rigged the models are passed to the animation team to bring them to life.

All of this is pretty standard in the current games industry process, but the next step is where Boltgun’s unique magic happens. First our animated models are “rendered out” as digital images, then virtual cameras take shots of the models from eight directions as they cycle through the frames of their animations. These images are imported into the Unreal engine and stitched back together into 2D flipbook animations. Every animation is collected together and data for the enemy they represent is created to allow our artists to tweak them and set where in the animation an enemy should deal damage, make a sound, or lob a fireball.

Key Features:

  • Dive into a visceral combat experience, complete with viciously satisfying gunplay, high mobility and buckets of blood to reward your skills
  • Dominate the battlefield with the awesome firepower and heavy metal of a Space Marine’s devastating arsenal
  • Experience the ultimate homage to retro shooters, blending stylish visuals with fluid, modern FPS gameplay

Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun is available for Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC (Steam).

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