New Blood Interactive gives early access to their early access of Gloomwood
Gloomwood, the retro-inspired stealth game from publisher New Blood Interactive, has entered into early access earlier than planned. Originally set for release later today, the game instead launched at midnight, last night. New Blood announced the early release with a Twitter post on their thread counting down to release, which said “JUST KIDDING IT’S OUT RIGHT NOW”. Meanwhile, company CEO Dave Oshry announced it with a video.
With Dillon Rogers and David Szymanski as lead developers, Gloomwood is an immersive sim inspired by numerous classic video games. The most prominent inspiration being the Thief series, however the game also takes survival horror inspiration from the Resident Evil series, alongside other titans of that era. Set in a sprawling, Victorian gothic city, the game encourages exploration to find secrets and alternate routes to your goal. With the game’s stealth focus, these will be crucial to your survival as you sneak around dimly-lit Victorian streets.
You’ve also got a period-appropriate arsenal, with a canesword, revolver, and harpoon rifle among the tools available to help take down the obstacles in your way. Of course, open combat is only a last resort, and none of your weapons are geared towards a full-on fight.
Gloomwood is another addition to New Blood’s repetoire of retro-inspired games. From games like Dusk and Amid Evil which take inspiration from classic FPS games like DOOM, Hexen, and Blood. To Ultrakill, a stylish blend of Quake and Devil May Cry. The company’s dedication to publishing classic-influenced games looks to continue with upcoming releases, with an original Fallout-style CRPG and Twisted Metal-esque car combat game in development. There’s also FAITH, the 8-bit horror with pixel-y rotoscoped animations, and Fallen Aces, a first person crime noir shooter-slash-brawler.
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