There was a time when the Serious Sam series had a number of indie tributes that were approved and encouraged by original developer Croteam. It’s been years since the release of these smaller titles but it looks like a studio by the name of Crackshell is still carrying the torch.
They are currently in a closed beta of their title Serious Sam’s Bogus Detour and they ‘hope [they] can release this game soon, cause it’s almost done’.
As seen in from the team’s beta footage below, the title is a top-down shooter with frenetic action and big guns. There will be a single player campaign with co-op options and PvP death matches as shown in the video. There’s no word on the limit of players but survival mode has 8 Sams at the moment and TDM has 4 on 4.
The story seems to follow Sam through his misadventures in Egypt during his First Encounter. Somehow, he’s sent on a detour most bogus where even more enemies await.
The small team of 3 is also looking at mod support for Bogus Detour some players can create their own levels and custom scripting. It seems fitting that a game that was influenced by another game would allow the ability to alter the homage.
Other than the release date of ‘soon’, not much more information is known. The game has its own page on IndieDB so it will be coming to PC, just not on Steam at the moment. Crackshell’s YouTube page is updated randomly with gameplay videos and hopefully we’ll see more of their work as the game nears completion.
It’s been awhile since the release of the indie Serious Sam games. Maybe they’ll come out of the woodwork like a bunch of screaming Beheaded Kamikaze ready to blow up your computer.
The beta gameplay is viewable for all your Sams out there: