XCOM, cowboys, and a bit of Cthulhu in Hard West

Hard West was one of the games we were looking forward to most in advance of PAX. On the surface, it's XCOM's turn-based tactics mashed up with the Wild West: bandits and six-shooters swapped in for Sectoids and plasma rifles. But interestingly, Polish studio CreativeForge Games is also weaving in Lovecraftian elements, or "a little bit of blood magic," as brand manager Blaze Krakowiak put it to me at PAX.