Cultic is a Blood-inspired retro shooter, you can play a demo now

During its digital showcase Realms Deep, 3D Realms ("still putting toilets in games") announced that it will be publishing Cultic, a retro FPS in the vein of Blood developed by Jasozz Games. In Cultic you play a detective who rises from the grave to get revenge on a bunch of hooded cultists with hatchets, taking them on with "a full arsenal of mid-century firearms and explosives".

Expect a Mauser, Sten gun, and a lot of TNT then. Cultic also features a kick and the option to just chuck chairs or other improvised weapons at those smug cultist's faces. While the graphics are retro, Cultic features some modern movement options like dashing and sliding so you can get around quickly, but I expect to spend a fair amount of time rubbing against the walls looking for secret doors as well.

"I am beyond excited for everyone to finally play CULTIC," said Jason Smith, sole developer at Jasozz Games. "This has been a dream project of mine since I first started tinkering with game development, and having it go from experimenting with an art style to a 3D Realms game has been incredible."

Cultic will be out next year, but you can play a demo on Steam right now.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.