Stop me if you’ve heard this one: A team is developing a retro first-person shooter (FPS) for Nintendo Switch. No, it’s not Ion Fury, which is awesome, nor is it Project Warlock, which might also be awesome. However, it does come from some of the forces behind Ion Fury, and it uses the original Quake engine. We’re talking about Wrath: Aeon of Ruin from developer Killpixel and publishers 3D Realms and 1C Entertainment, which has a release date of Feb. 25, 2021 on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam. The game is already available on Steam Early Access, and sister site PC Invasion previewed the title last year.
A new trailer for Wrath: Aeon of Ruin illustrates content that will appear in the game and informs us that the game is available for preorder, including an extremely limited special physical edition for PC for $99.99.
Wrath: Aeon of Ruin offers a hub world for non-linear exploration, in addition to the usual “arsenal of deadly weapons” to help you survive. If you’re one of the nine people on Earth who deeply cares about the story in a retro FPS, then you’re in luck. Here’s some lore, just for you:
The Old World has passed away. Amidst the ruins lurks an ageless fear. Outlander, once adrift upon the Ageless Sea, finds himself on the shores of a dying world. From the consuming gloom emerges a figure cloaked in white, the Shepherd of Wayward Souls, who burdens Outlander with hunting down the remaining Guardians of the Old World.
Traverse ancient crypts, sunken ruins, corrupted temples and howling forests with nine weapons and ten artifacts of dreadful might. Traditional firearms such as the double-barreled shotgun lay waste to foes and all have alternate fire abilities. The Retcher and the Fangspitter transform the cysts and teeth ripped from the corpses of enemies into death-dealing projectiles. Do not underestimate the adversary, for they grow great in number and power. Keep both mind and blade sharp to survive the dangers ahead.
Seeing how 2021 is a long ways away, you will be waiting a while to play Wrath: Aeon of Ruin on Nintendo Switch. But if you love Quake, you probably won’t mind. In any case, Killpixel, 3D Realms, and 1C Entertainment are aiming to deliver a winner.