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'Graven' is a Hexen-inspired retro FPS, and you should watch the trailer

Graven Flamethrower
Graven Flamethrower (Image credit: 3D Realms)

Ah, remember the good old days? Specifically, those of the 80s through to the 90s. No social media degrading the fabric of society, no pandemic, no taxes to pay (at least if you were a kid). A simpler time, where games were blockier, you know, low-poly, and we were less concerned with the fidelity of ray-traced reflections. T'was all about the joy of it. Remember that?

Remember games like Hexen, Quake, and Unreal Tournament 99? Pepperidge farm remembers. And hey, 3D Realms certainly remembers, which is why they're making Graven, a retro-styled shooter that leans on the past with a bit of modern flair.

Graven is a medieval-style FPS where you'll use magic, melee weapons, crossbows, and other apocryphal weaponry to cut a swath through legions of demons, monsters, and other beasties. Graven is wrapped in a gothic late 90s aesthetic millennials may strangely appealing. Chuck Jones of Duke Nukem and Half-Life fame is involved with the project, working on bringing Graven's gritty characters to life.

A faithful priest of the Orthogonal order, exiled unto death for a crime in defense of another, you live again in a small boat, adrift in a swamp. A stranger ferries you to solid ground and bestows upon you vague instructions, along with a mysterious staff and book. Go forth, pious priest, alleviate suffering, uncover deceptions, and smash the eldritch perversions encroaching upon reality itself.

Graven is launching in 2021 for practically every platform out there, including Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Windows PC. And we think it looks pretty rad.

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7 Comments
  • Already on my wishlist, along with kingpin reloaded.
    If you like the retro games updated, Iron Fury is like a female Duke Nukem (slightly updated Build engine) and of course Wrath - Aeon of Ruin, running on the Quake engine.
    Both are great examples of what game can be made now, with great modern retro feels.... but yea 3d realms killing it with the old school stuff. I just wish I could run them on retro hardware... ah well.
  • Thanks did not know yet about kingpin reloaded. :)
    Now only Witchaven still needs to be remastered (preferably with better maps).
  • Holy hell, I'm definitely getting this one. I loved Heretic and Hexen.
  • Yes, that was the same pair of sentences that went through my head. :-)
  • Heretic was awesome, Book of Power <3
  • When I saw this story, I yet again confused Graven and Avowed.
  • I think an easy memory aid is that Graven has the pixelated look while Avowed looks more like Skyrim graphics wise.