Trailers and Screenshots for 3D Realms’ Campy ARPG Schlock, Bombshell

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3D Realms is finally back. After the critical and commercial disappointment that was Duke Nukem Forever, Interceptor Entertainment bought the development studio in the ruinous wake of the Duken Nukem 3D sequel, and now they’ve finally got a new game in the works, the first in what they hope will be a successful new franchise. That game is Bombshell, an isometric action role­playing game.

Bombshell seems like what would happen if Duke Nukem and Diablo made sweet, sweet love.

Players will take the role of Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, an ex-demolitions expert who lost her right arm when she failed to disarm an alien bomb. After “The Washington Incident”, she was given a new, robotic arm constructed from the remnants of alien technology found at the Incident, and became a mercenary-for-hire.

As Shelly, players will “traverse the dying world of Kyrron as it’s consumed by its neighboring sun, discover the secrets of a civilization frozen in time on the distant world of Zeroth, and travel to the epitome of technology”—all in an effort to rescue the President and save Earth from the Kyrr, an evil alien race, and the mad scientist, Jadus Heskel, who leads them.

3D Realms says Bombshell “blends first­-person shooting controls with an isometric perspective”, has RPG elements, and includes finishing moves and interactive environments. Her arm will have ten modifications available via a tech tree, too.

Here’s their dossier on the eponymous protagonist:

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Name: Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison

Age: Classified

As a child, Shelly Harrison demonstrated an insatiable desire to succeed. From a young age, she demonstrated an aptitude for creative complexity and was always the outcast, prioritizing success over sociability.

As she matured, Shelly became known for her risk-taking, resilience and leadership, and developed a strong reputation for accomplishing her goals. These traits lead her to join the Global Defence Force, where she eventually became a well-respected and highly-regarded Colonel.

That career ended after what became known as “the Washington Incident,” where she lost both her arm and her squad—a group she thought of as family—in a violent and explosive act. Shortly after, Shelly was given an honorable discharge.

She was later approached by a private military contractor. In exchange for her diverse skillset—which includes expert weapons training and bomb disposal—they offered her a second chance: a mechanical arm built from unidentified remnants discovered in the aftermath of the Washington incident.

Looking to get revenge on those responsible for the incident, she accepted. With this new arm, Shelly took on the name of “Bombshell” and vowed to restore both her name and her career.

You can check out the official website for the game here.

We’ll find out whether this mish-mash works soon enough. Bombshell is scheduled for release in 2015, and it’s coming to PCs and consoles (which consoles, exactly, hasn’t been revealed yet).

Gameplay trailer, 2015

Teaser trailer, 2014


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  1. Steven T.
    Steven T.
    March 2, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    That’s more like it! I remember seeing that reveal trailer and going “that’s it?” Looks like this might be fun. And thank Zeus they fixed that ugly ass haircut she had.

  2. Carl B.
    Carl B.
    March 2, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    I’ve seen a lot of people criticize this, which is a shame, since it looks good. ARPG? Female Duke-Nukem type lead? Crazy over the top violence?

    I’m down.

  3. Siveon
    March 2, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    You have to admit, the first trailer was pretty terrible. This new one, however, is certainly an improvement.

  4. Dimi Gronnings
    Dimi Gronnings
    March 2, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    That’s what I loved about it. It was so bad it was good.

  5. Fenrir007
    March 2, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    “blends first­-person shooting controls with an isometric perspective”

    Where are the FPS shooting controls?

  6. Siveon
    March 2, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    It’s a trailer, but more likely than not you’ll control a character with WASD. A lot like other isometric shooters on the PC I believe.

    EDIT: Notice the small white cursor in the trailer. That’s probably a reticle.

  7. FalseTragedian
    March 3, 2015 at 12:01 am

    I mean, it’s less cringe-worthy than the first trailer, but still… Duke Nukem Forever…

  8. BeholdMyPower
    March 3, 2015 at 1:56 am

    Can’t wait for someone to moan about her cleavage *eye roll*. Looks much better than the teaser trailer, though.

  9. Neojames82
    March 3, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Her boobs aren’t even that big so if someone bitches about it they are complete tools. Looks like fun to me.

  10. Fenrir007
    March 3, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Ah, I see. So its the reticle, huh? Honestly, I don’t think that counts as an FPS mechanic. We had those for a long time in multiple game genres (example – Abuse for the PC) that I don’t really see the connection. Same goes for WASD, its a staple movement scheme for multiple PC games in a multitude of genres.

  11. eltonBorges
    March 3, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    I kind of felt a Too Human vibe: Technology, guns and mythology. But ok, I like games that create crazy settings. The classic “super woman”, that cannot fail is something we almost always see in these games, but if the game can have good and funny one-liners, I sure will be ok with it. But, now that I think about one-line… Just imagine if this game have a multiplayer mode aside from the main story, with Duke as the second player, with enemies and locations based in both worlds? I know I would enjoy that, and it sure worked with the latest Lara Croft games!

  12. William Lee Twitch
    William Lee Twitch
    March 3, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    And if they do bitch about it, then we can accuse them of being boobaphobic.