SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!
I was too busy playing the incredible DUSK and Smash Bros. Ultimate this weekend to notice the news, but Atari and Nightdive Studios will be bringing a remastered version of ’90s classic Blood to digital storefronts. Not much is known about the project, but Atari has promised it will talk more “in the coming weeks.”
If you’re wondering about the extent of the remaster, Nightdive has stated it is aiming for “a better user experience for contemporary audiences.” That likely means this will be along the lines of Turok instead of a full-on remake like System Shock is getting. Nightdive will be including Vulkan and DirectX support along with modern netcode and Steamworks integration for mods. The game will be available on GOG and Steam in the “One Whole Unit” package that contains the game and its expansions.
For those unfamiliar, Blood is one of the few games built on the “Build Engine” in the ’90s. This is the same tech that powered Duke Nukem 3D and Shadow Warrior but was actually developed by Monolith. Monolith would later go on to create the brilliant No One Lives Forever and F.E.A.R., but started more with a humble take on Doom. I say humble, but Blood is probably the craziest of the Build Engine trifecta of the ’90s.
Seeing as how I’m always down for some classic FPS action, sign me up. I’m happy to see that Nightdive is still doing the Lord’s work after all this time.