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Retro Soviet-Themed Shooter ‘HROT’ Announced

Putting the “rad” back in comrade.

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So yeah, the retro FPS renaissance continues unabated. And why not? What’s not to love about janky physics, chunky models, and labyrinthine level design with insane weapons? In keeping with tradition, we’ve spotted a new such title in the wild named HROT, and it looks mighty fine.

It seems to be very similar to Dusk; heavily inspired by the likes of Quake and the earliest of the low-poly shooters. The schtick is, it’s set in the 1980’s during the Cold War in a loose analogue of the Chernobyl disaster (except this time, events are in Czechoslovakia for some odd reason). The exact details remain unclear, but it’s apparent that you’ve upset the Soviet authorities and lots of radiation-doused nasties are out to make your life miserable.

The interesting aspect, from a technical viewpoint, is that it will be running on a custom engine that will emulate antiquated technological flaws, such as unfiltered rendering and polygon jittery. It’s also uniformly drab, making use of very few colors apart from browns and greys. It really gives the game a unique look and feel and helps to establish the harsh atmosphere of the world it portrays.

Keep up with proceedings by visiting its official Steam page. While we wait for it to release, you can check out the official trailer below, complete with some amusing nods to shooters and Soviet society. Sound off in the comments section below to let us know what you think of this.

Delano Cuzzucoli
Delano is a lifelong gamer who resides in the city of Johannesburg in South Africa. He's also a political student, artist, geek, writer, historian, skeptic, linguaphile, IT nerd and electronic music fan. An eccentric lover of the strange and beautiful who is equal parts harmony and discord.

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