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The Dusk April Fools’ gag is actually a real game and it’s listed on Steam now

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On April Fools' Day, Dusk developer David Szymanski revealed his new project on Twitter. "Very excited to announced Dusk '82!" he tweeted. "Dusk '82 re-imagines Dusk as an adventure/puzzler in the style of Chip's Challenge and Sokoban. Use classic Dusk items like shotguns, exploding barrels, and even The Soap to dispatch enemies and make your way to the exit!"

The idea of a Sokoban-style take on the intense retro-FPS Dusk was absurd, of course, but Szymanski was committed to the bit, going so far as to make up some fake screens for it:

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Dusk '82

(Image credit: David Szymanski)
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Dusk '82

(Image credit: David Szymanski)
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Dusk '82

(Image credit: David Szymanski)
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Dusk '82

(Image credit: David Szymanski)

But it turns out that the screens weren't fake, and neither is the game. Szymanski and publisher New Blood Interactive announced today that Dusk '82 is real, and pretty much exactly as it was initially presented: Players will maneuver through "bite-sized levels" from a top-down perspective, evading and eliminating enemies, collecting keys, and battling through to the exit.

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"Enemies and their projectiles only move when you move and levels are filled with a variety of hazards ," the Steam listing says. "Use smart planning to outmaneuver and eliminate cultists with classic weapons like the shotgun, riveter, crossbow, and the all powerful soap. Use movable barrels and other explosives to blast through walls. Zip around on conveyor belts to quickly reposition. Dodge bullets with the inhuman skill and agility only possible through turn-based movement."

Dusk '82 will also include an editor enabling players to create their own levels and map packs, the ability to insert your own music (or podcasts or memes) for listening from within the game, and Steam Workshop support.

"That's what happens when you make games for FUN and not MONEY," New Blood Interactive chief Dave Oshry said. "heuheuheuhe"

That's not to suggest that Dusk '82 will be free, for the record, although pricing hasn't been announced as of yet, nor has a release date. Szymanski hinted that it's not too far away, though, saying in the announcement trailer (the real one) that he'll "see you back here in a few months."

Dusk's actual April Fools' gag, by the way, was part of New Blood's series of updated Steam icons for games including Dusk, Amid Evil, Unfortunate Spacemen, and Ultrakill. You can read all about that, and a bunch of other jokes we found marginally tolerable, in our April Fools' Day 2021 Roundup (opens in new tab).

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.