Blood was one of those “me too” first-person shooters of the mid-90s that tried to not only capitalize on Doom‘s success (well, Duke Nukem 3D‘s success, since it used the same engine), but also appeal to horror fans with its gruesome graphics and references to classic horror films. It sadly got lost in the shuffle (like many Doom clones), but it still has its fanbase.
And after all this time, the Monolith Productions game (now owned by Atari) is getting a remaster, courtesy of the fine folks at Nightdive Studios, who have made it a habit of doing this sort of thing in between working on that System Shock remake. The team working on the game includes the folks who worked on the remasters of The Original Strife, Turok, Turok 2: Seeds of Evil and Forsaken Remastered.
“Blood stood up extremely well over time and we are taking care to preserve all the qualities that made the game so special,” says producer Daniel Grayshon. “It really only needs minor updates to provide a better user experience for contemporary audiences. By using some of the functions of Nightdive’s KEX engine, we’ll be able to provide compatibility with today’s video standards, with DirectX and Vulkan support.”
For those unfamiliar with the game, Blood hit PCs in 1997, and focused on undead gunslinger Caleb as he seeks revenge against the dark god Chernobog and his cult known as The Cabal for betraying him. Armed with a variety of implements such as a flare gun, an aerosol spray can and lighter, and even a voodoo doll, Caleb battles demons, zombies and cultists in his quest for vengeance.