Niche Spotlight – Scathe


Today’s Niche Spotlight is Scathe, a bullet hell FPS by Damage State and Kwalee.

In Scathe, you must prove your worth by slaughtering your way through hordes of demons in the labyrinthian depths of Hell. Collect the Hellstones and navigate Hell’s twisting labyrinths, each of which are crawling with deadly enemies and traps.

Dodge projectiles and return fire with an arsenal of heavy weapons and arcane spells acquired by collecting relics throughout your journey. Slay alone, or join some friends in drop-in/drop-out co-op.

You can find the launch trailer below.

Scathe is available on Windows PC via the Epic Games Store and Steam for $24.99. PlayStation and Xbox versions of Scathe are coming in Early 2023.

You can find a rundown (via Steam) below:

You have one job – escape the labyrinth of Hell.

Scathe is an intense, classic FPS with big guns and even bigger demons. You are Scathe, Enforcer of the Legions of Hell, forged from the earth by the Divine Creator himself. And you, like your fallen kin before you, must prove your worth by navigating a deviously crafted maze, entangled with demonic evil at every twist and turn. So, grab your Hell Hammer and get ready to unleash your almighty fury!

Use your brute strength and extreme speed to purge your way through Hell’s most grotesque abominations, as you search for the Hellstones and defeat the all-powerful Guardians that protect them.

It’s time to blast your way out of bullet Hell.


  • ESCAPE THE MAZE – Your task is simple; collect the Hellstones and escape the maze. Choose your own path by navigating expertly handcrafted zones – each filled with danger around every corner. Collect runes, uncover secrets, and smite all that stand in your way.
  • BULLET HELL – Scathe is no ordinary FPS… Take on relentless bullet Hell fuelled combat, with deadly projectiles and countless demons at every turn. Utilise Scathe’s incredible speed to smash through your enemies and incoming fire.
  • LOCK’N UNLOAD – Rip through your enemies with Scathe’s insanely powerful arsenal of weapons, each equipped with a devastating secondary fire. Spew hellfire with the Hot Hatch or slice through endless evil with the Bow Blade.
  • DROP IN/DROP OUT ONLINE MULTIPLAYER – Scathe will support full crossplay online multiplayer where players can drop-in and drop-out at any time. Already lost deep within the labyrinth? Call upon up to three friends to join the fight. But choose your kin wisely, because in Scathe, everyone shares the same pool of lives.

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Frank was a former Niche Gamer contributor.

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