Magicka's Developers Turn Badass 80s Shootouts Into A Competitive Video Game

PC specialists Paradox unveiled three new games at GDC yesterday. One is The Showdown Effect, which if you can make it past the intro in the trailer above unfurls into something that looks like Worms and Quake III had a tiny, split-screen baby.

The basic premise is recreating action movie insanity. Up to eight players will have everything from guns to bigger guns to swords to lightsabers at their disposal.

If the focus on multiplayer mayhem on a PC sounds familiar, it's being developed by Arrowhead, the guys behind 2011's Magicka. The Showdown Effect will be out on PC and Mac in Q3 this year.


    That looks beast!

    Holy crap that looks amazing

    I want Worms and Quake's baby's baby.

    Oh Em Gee. That is AWESOME!

    So, turn based like Worms?
    Or is it Super Smash Bros?

    Its nice to see Drum 'n' Bass in a trailer instead of Dubstep for once.

    Also this could be ok.

    Kinda' like a fancy version of soldat. Gotta hope for dem Australia servers.

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