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Strafe launch trailer shows the gibs-soaked rogue-like retro FPS in action

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Whether Strafe turns out to be good or not, at least we'll have the trailers. This latest one celebrate's the game's imminent launch – May 9 to be exact – and it shares the thick '90s aesthetic that the original trailer did. Only this one hints at a feature that we (or I) didn't know about previously.

That feature is "secrets", and while secrets are a given in a rogue-like, the secrets in Strafe look really cool – if I'm interpreting the trailer correctly. Towards the end you'll see a monochrome rendition of Wolfenstein 3D and also a glimpse at a sparse polygonal forest. Are these the "secrets" promised, ala Super Meat Boy's tribute levels? I bloody well hope so.

Here's the trailer, and here are some early impressions I had a few months back.

Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.