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Hard Reset: Bulletstorm meets Blade Runner, and explodes 10,000 volts of adrenalin into your face

Bloody hell, and you thought Bulletstorm was a balls-out, old school kick in the arse... Hard Reset, the upcoming debut FPS from the rather excellently named Flying Wild Hog Studios - made up of staff previously from the studios responsible for Bulletstorm and The Witcher - really does not look like it's messing around one little bit. It's fast, it's brutal, the guns looks insane, and everything that explodes looks like it explodes several times over before it gives up. And incidentally, it looks like everything explodes. And there's yet more news to excite those of you raised on the likes of Doom and Quake, as well as a few words to warm the heart of any PC horsepower enthusiast, but I'll get to all that after the trailer.

Right then, what we have here is a serious Cyberpunk shooter - influences cited so far include William Gibson, Neal Stephenson and good old Philip K. Dick - with a seriously exciting old-school-meets-current-gen philosophy. Designed as the antithesis to the scripted, ultra-linear shooters so proliferous these days, it's reportedly all about meaningful environmental interaction, excessive weapon upgrades, creative destruction and sprawling, Doom-like level design. It's PC-only at the moment, because according to Flying Wild Hog: "Our engine was built with one thought—to be used in a first-person shooter that uses lots of physics and destruction, with outstanding graphics and also optimized to do the job well. There are many games published on PCs that are just ports from consoles, and we all know that today the power of a current-gen console is similar to a four- to five-year-old PC". That said, the game's tech will apparently be scalable for older rigs.

And that's not the only way Hard Reset is keeping it real. In order to avoid the dilution of the core single-player experience, FWH aren't putting any multiplayer in. At all. As a more campaign-minded man, I'm more than happy with that, and if no deathmatch means a tighter, more focused, more intricately designed slice of brainy destruction pie, then I'm even happier.

More on this one as we get it. Which should be soon. Because in another blow against the modern ways of the games industry, Flying Wild Hog have waited until right before release before showing the game off, in order to avoid a long, bloated and frustrating hype period. How right before release? The game is out in September. Yeah, next month. Still it sounds like no rush-job. Apparently the game has been quietly in development for two years. And we'll find out whether Flying Wild Hog's refreshingly anti-establishment approach has paid off very soon indeed.

Aug 3, 2011

16 comments

  • MySistersMenstruationTastesFunny - August 7, 2011 4:01 a.m.

    No way my craptop can play this, but I'll buy a copy just to support these guys.
  • ThePrivateer - August 5, 2011 10:55 p.m.

    Looks like a serious, first person Ratchet and Clank.
  • Crypto140 - August 5, 2011 8:23 p.m.

    How does this remind anyone of Bulletstorm?
  • clstirens - August 5, 2011 5:13 a.m.

    Am I the only one who realizes they are making a direct reference to doom/wolfenstein with the guy's face? You know, gradually more torn up and bloody. Eventually gets a nose-bleed? All that good stuff.
  • Deathdeisel - August 4, 2011 4:35 a.m.

    Looks like it could go either way to me. I do love PC games, mostly because of the unparalleled graphics. Bulletstorm was a lot of fun, but i really hope they spice up the sound of the guns for this game. Bulletstorm was really bad about that, and many of the guns sounded kinda quiet or plain. Hopefully they do as good as a job as killzone 3 did with weapon sound differentiation, then id be really happy. Sorry long, i know, but either way, hope it goes well.
  • EBAX1 - August 4, 2011 12:49 a.m.

    Im sorry I cant take a trailer seriously when they think a guy with a nosebleed is supposed to be cool
  • QWERTYCommander - August 3, 2011 11:46 p.m.

    I'm a huge fan of old-school FPS games, so I really fucking want this game. I'll probably have my GPU all nice and upgraded by then as well, so this will be pretty awesome!
  • e1337prodigy - August 3, 2011 10:29 p.m.

    Wow thanks GR for bringing this to general public. It looks good. I still remember the first post you made about this game (personally I preferred that video, although no gameplay. I preferred it). Anyway, the game looks good. And what makes it even better is it is out in September :). 2011 FTW.
  • Sniped50 - August 3, 2011 9:58 p.m.

    The video wasn't the best trailer, I agree with you, db1331, but still, it's coming out next month so it'd probably be worth keeping an eye on. Do you know the exact date Gamesradar? @Gameguy94 Would that really be a bad thing?
  • db1331 - August 3, 2011 5:01 p.m.

    I wasn't blown away by the video, but I'll keep my eye on it. Since it's a PC exclusive that's all about outstanding graphics and optimization, it must support DX11, right?
  • Turboash - August 3, 2011 4:50 p.m.

    Meh
  • ninjaemperor - August 3, 2011 4:47 p.m.

    Damn, that looks pretty awesome.
  • Razi31 - August 3, 2011 4:42 p.m.

    A Pc exclusive hmm
  • BeerBaron - August 3, 2011 4:33 p.m.

    Not sure what the excitement is all about. A light show and a few explosions, I didn't see anything exceptional in the trailer.
  • WhiteCoco - August 3, 2011 4:11 p.m.

    Out in September? They could have at least showcased it during E3...
  • Gameguy94 - August 3, 2011 4:11 p.m.

    Looks more like a Bioshock-Bulletstorm hybrid to me. (and First!)

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