Prodeus (opens in new tab), the hyper-violent retro-FPS that we first clapped eyes on back in 2018, is now available on Steam Early Access (opens in new tab). The initial release of the game offers a singleplayer campaign estimated to run about 3-5 hours, with "a large variety of weapons and monsters to blow up," plus a level editor and community workshop.
"We’re still finalizing our roadmap but we are already planning more campaign content, monsters, weapons, editor tools, achievements as well as a larger emphasis on multiplayer support," developer Bounding Box Games said. "More specific details to come."
That's not much to go on, but what we've seen of Prodeus so far, including an appearance at the PC Gaming Show (opens in new tab) earlier this year, has looked very promising. Bounding Box describes it as a "first-person shooter of old, re-imagined using modern rendering techniques." Put simply, it looks like Brutal Doom, but it plays like Doom Eternal. (And it might sound a bit like both: The game's soundtrack is composed by Andrew Hulshult, whose previous work includes Brutal Doom (opens in new tab) and Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods (opens in new tab).)
The gameplay looks great, but like the original Doom way back when, the ability to easily create and share maps through a built-in editor and map browser is a big part of the puzzle too. Prodeus also has online leaderboard support, so players have something to properly fight over.
Prodeus is expected to be in Early Access for 8-12 months, during which players are invited to offer thoughts and feedback on Discord (opens in new tab). There's also a website with more information at prodeusgame.com (opens in new tab).