3D Realms Shows Gameplay From Its Duke Nukem-Like Action RPG

3D Realms Shows Gameplay From Its Duke Nukem-Like Action RPG
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Bombshell, an upcoming ARPG from the makers of Duke Nukem and 2013’s Rise of the Triad reboot, was revealed last year in May with an extremely vague teaser trailer, featuring a girl with a robot arm sitting around and aiming guns. The latest trailer, on the other hand, appears to have some actual in-game footage.

The game’s official site went up along with the new trailer, and among other things, it has a blurb about the game’s features. This is the part that caught my eye:

Robot-Armed and Dangerous

Shell, shock and shatter your way through vicious, bloodthirsty predators, an augmented alien species, and the remnants of an ancient race re-animated, with more than 10 weaponised arm modifications.

Isometric Ingenuity

Brilliantly brutal isometric shooting layered with classic role-playing mechanics, including experience points, upgrades, side quests, and non-linear levels. All with a twist of first-person shooter mechanics.

That, coupled with the footage up top, makes me somewhat cautiously optimistic. An ARPG with a girl Duke Nukem where you blast aliens. Could be a lot of fun if done well — and the site also mentions that they want to include modding tools, which is always a plus.

Bombshell should be out for “PC and consoles” in 2015. Here’s some screenshots:


  • I thought 3D Realms went kaput once DNF was officially canned (before it was later picked up by Gearbox). Wasn’t aware the name was still alive and kicking.

    • I would be more inclined to say ‘clinically dead’ rather than ‘alive and kicking’. Whether Bombshell actually manages to sell copies among the AAA release nightmare that is Q3/4 2015 will pretty much decide on whether they remain in business much longer, they can only make so much money off of Duke3D ports.

  • I’m not sure how you combine isometric shooting with first person shooter mechanics.

    It also looks nothing like the Duke Nukem I remember…

  • I’m not exactly sure what they mean by a twist of FPS mechanics but this game looks like it plays similar to Greed: Black Border. Despite being an average ARPG, the sci-fi theme was refreshing and it had the most amazing soundtrack.

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