Last night at Microsoft’s big X019 event in London, a dark new action game starring former Hellboy actor Ron Perlman was revealed. It’s called West Of Dead, and it comes to us from a UK-based studio named Upstream Arcade.
The official press bumf described the game thusly: “Thrown into the unknown procedurally generated hunting grounds of Purgatory, your skills will be put to the test as you shoot and dodge your way through the grime and grit of the underworld. West Of Dead evolves the twin-stick shooter with tactical cover usage, find out if you have what it takes to get through Purgatory with your soul intact.”
You can check out the game’s first trailer, which shows off some funky trigger-happy combat, right here…
It looks like fun, doesn’t it? The visual style is nicely comic-booky, the core concept sounds cool, and the combination of Ron Perlman’s voice and a gun-toting fighter with a flaming skull is pretty damn tantalising.
Also, here’s an extra piece of good news: you can jump into the game right now if you want to, because an open beta is running on Xbox One until 25 November. More details on the beta can be found at this link.
The game’s full launch is slated for 2020, and it will span Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC. It’ll be available through Xbox Game Pass, which is always a plus.
We’ll be sure to let you know when the fully-fledged West Of Dead release date is announced.