The Argentine team at Saibot Studios, known for the horror game series Doorways, last week launched the single-player campaign for Hellbound, its first-person action (FPS) game inspired by 90s classics like Doom and Quake.
Hellbound, which the study presents as “An SPF from the 90s, 30 years later” does not deny its roots and prioritizes frenetic action and extreme speed, destructive weapons, a soundtrack with lots of metal, and a protagonist who pays tribute to the heroes on steroids who invaded theaters in those days.
Are you looking for a deep story? You came to the wrong place, ” warns the team making it clear that players who have become accustomed to the titles of the genre that – after the revolution that Half-Life meant – began to develop deeper narratives, will not find dialogue, exposure or a great construction of the universe. Hellbound is straightforward action from the first minute and that’s what it has to offer.
Hellgore, the protagonist is a mountain of muscles, a tortured soul that seeks revenge against the creatures that slaughtered his own, and for that he will fight his way with an impious shot through hellish levels.
Hellbound’s history dates back to 2016, when the team started designing the game, and a year later announced it during the local EVA event with a short teaser. It was only in 2018 when Saibot Studios published Survival Mode, a proof of concept that served as a playable demo and allowed the community to get their hands on the proposal of the studio director Tobías Rusjan and team.
The launch of Survival Mode (which was supported for nearly a year) coincided with a campaign of crowdfunding on the Kickstarter platform Intended for the development of the single player campaign. The demo was very attractive and the studio managed to raise the 40 thousand dollars it was looking for and two years later, thanks to a collaboration with the local distributor Nimble Giant Entertainment (also distributor of another recent Argentine development, Quantum League) the game is a reality.
“Personally, Hellbound’s style is what I wanted to do all my life. Almost literally, for more than 20 years when I met DOOM, which was the game that prompted me to get into making video games, ” said Rusjan in 2017 to the Malditos Nerds portal.
Hellbound is currently only available on PC through Steam for less than 200 pesos and has received rave reviews. Given the use of the Unreal Engine 4 graphics engine – also compatible with consoles – its arrival on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One would not be ruled out in the near future.