Weird west legends meet eldritch horror in BLOOD WEST, an immersive stealth FPS. Become the Undead Gunslinger, doomed to roam the barren lands until he manages to purge their curse, freeing his soul. 3 varied scenarios, perk-based character progression, and 20+ hours of gameplay await you!
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Release Date:
Feb 10, 2022

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Why Early Access?

“Blood West is a complex game with some sandbox gameplay, and a lot of moving parts. We would love to see how you'll be playing it, what will be your approach to its many challanges, and what will be your thoughts on the game's world, systems, and general experience.

At Hyperstrange we've had the best of experiences with involving the Steam community in the development process, by including them in our work cycle through Early Access. Games like ELDERBORN and Jupiter Hell wouldn't be what they are today, if it wasn't for your involvement. We want to approach Blood West the same way.

While we have a complete and quite precise vision of the game in our minds, we know we can make it even better by giving ourselves space to work with your feedback.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

March 2023 - Edit

The spirits are restless again... The Blood West team would like to thank all the players for the exceptional reception of the game's second chapter. We know you're very eager to play the full game, and you were expecting to do so by the end of March 2023. This will not be the case. The initial release of the 2nd chapter left us with many things to fix and polish, and made us re-think the whole development cycle once again. We don't want to just ship the third episode. We want to make sure that all three fall into place creating a living, engaging, cohesive world and a robust story to follow.

On top of that, we've decided to raise the bar once more, and add some special zest to the fantasy that is Blood West. We believe its universe is deserving of more details, delivered on various levels, and we need more time to make the game in the scale that - once more - outgrew the initial, and the revised plans.

Please expect a release date reveal soon, and prepare yourself for a few more months of exploring and mastering the 1st and 2nd chapter in anticipation for the 3rd and final one. We apologize if this comes as a disappointment, but we're confident you'll see the value in the delay, once the full game arrives.

October 2022 - Edit
The reception of Blood West's first chapter blew our mind, and we're happy to see so many people enjoying the game so much. It's been said about Blood West numerous times, that the game came into the Early Access in much better shape than many games come out of it. We know players have their hopes up, way up, for our western stealth shooter. We want to make sure that the updates, and the full game not only meet, but in many ways exceed their expectations. For that reason, Hyperstrange has made the call to expand the development team and extend the production time.

We know that the fans are anxious to play, but we will be taking our time with Blood West, to ensure the best possible end product - a game to be remembered! The content update containing the second chapter will be making its way to the players around Halloween 2022. The third and final chapter of the base game has been pushed back to February / March 2023, giving the game a full year in Early Access before the full release.

January 2022 - Original entry:
Having worked on the game since 2019 and with the mechanics as well as the first section done, we expect to put another 6-8 months into development, before releasing in full, with two substantial content updates, one adding the second of three planned scenarios, and the third adding the final scenario bringing the game to full release. (keeping this for transparency)

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“With the initial Blood West Early Access release you're getting one out of three planned scenarios. Each of them offers a large gameplay area to explore, with various challenges to tackle in many ways. We plan to make the full game approximately three times as large, as what you get in the first Early Access release.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Blood West is already a fully-playable game. All the gameplay mechanics are there, most of the weapons can be found and utilized, a selection of varied enemies is present, as well as NPCs (fully-voiced). The first scenario should be able to offer you a nice few hours of playtime - especially upon the first playthrough, when you only start to find your way around the cursed frontier, and find your own path leading to the first challenging boss. The free-roaming nature of the game, comparable to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, makes replaying the scenario, and trying a different approach, quite enjoyable.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We want everyone who joins us in Early Access and accompanies us through the final months of development to feel appreciated, and one of the ways to achieve that is by letting you benefit from a lower Early Access price point. The final release price will be higher.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Our dev team will be present here, in the Blood West Steam hub, looking for your feedback and excited to hear about your experience with the game. If you are so inclined, there's also a dedicated section of Hyperstrange Discord, where you can voice your opinion and chat to other players, as well as the devs.

After the Early Access release we'll be also posting some Steam Hub updates about our progress, again - encouraging you to give us your thoughts.”
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“I can't believe how good Blood West is.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“Blood West's excellent stealth-based FPS gameplay pairs perfectly with its weird western setting. Must-Play!”
9/10 – Screen Rant

“If you’ve been dying to play a stealth FPS that heavily borrows from the likes of Thief, STALKER, and System Shock, you owe it to yourself to play Blood West.”
8.5/10 – GameTyrant

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About This Game

Weird West legends meet eldritch horror in BLOOD WEST, an immersive stealth FPS. Become the Undead Gunslinger, doomed to roam the barren lands until he finds the means to purge their curse and free his soul. No, this isn’t your typical Wild West desperado redemption arc. This is a damnation arc.

The Canyons, the Swamp, and the Mountains. Each swarming with abominable monsters and unholy demons, these are open-ended worlds for you to explore freely at your own pace. It will take an average player over 20 hours to complete all three scenarios, and over 35 if they want to see everything the barren lands have to offer.

Blood West is a stealth FPS inspired by the genre classics such as the Thief series (whose fans will be happy to hear the voice of Stephen Russell, the actor voicing the master-thief Garrett, returning here as the protagonist), S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games, or - from the contemporary catalog - Hunt: Showdown. The gameplay rewards the careful approach: scouting the area, stalking your enemies, and striking from the shadows. Can you figure out a way to clear a fort full of ghouls and monsters without raising an alarm?

The Barren Lands present the player with a nightmarish, twisted vision of the Wild West legends. The curse that has befallen the realm has corrupted every living thing, defiled the land itself, while summoning restless spirits and dark entities. In this mixture of gunslinger pulp and Lovecraftian horror, dark occult magick presents just as much of a threat as sudden lead poisoning.

In Blood West you will meet many colorful, yet strangely twisted, fully-voiced NPCs. Just as much prisoners of the Barren Lands as you are, they will sometimes share their unusual stories and send you on various missions. Play nice and they might reward you or become your allies. Cross them and risk their wrath.

The game won’t hold your hand. You’ll have to explore the land for yourself (buying a map from a vendor might prove useful!), and figure out your own way to approach quests. As you poke around the three expansive maps, keep an eye out for hidden places and secret stashes. There’s gold in the mountains! Fair warning - it’s probably cursed.

If sneaking around isn’t exactly your thing, or you feel that you have a power advantage over your enemies, you can always take the head-on approach and meet your enemies guns blazing. Blood West comes from the creators of the fan-favorite boomer shooter POSTAL: Brain Damaged, so much gratuitous fantasy violence and pixelated blood splatter is to be expected!

One man’s hell might be another hoarder’s paradise! From simple one-use items like bandages, through medical tinctures, explosives and incendiaries, straight to arcane artifacts that - once slotted - can change the way you play the game, the Barren Lands are just filled with STUFF. There are tons of useful items to discover, and there’s a special player’s stash crate for all those super-rare potions that you’ll hoard and never use.

A gunslinger without a gun would be just a regular slinger. Where’s the fun in that? Blood West makes sure you’ll have plenty of weapons to choose from. Revolvers, rifles, shotguns, carabines - a great variety of firearms, from standard army-issue to those infused with powerful magic, or straight-up possessed. And if you prefer not to cause a ruckus, there’s a wide selection of hand-to-hand combat weapons and archery weapons to pick your favorites from.

The RPG-like perk-based progression system in Blood West will allow you to highly customize the gameplay experience to your liking. Become a stealthy hunter, a revolver-fanning gunman or a relentless berserker. You will gain experience and progress through the skill tree, while discovering new artifacts in each of the scenarios that will bestow on you additional abilities. Combining skills and load-out creates more possible playstyles than you’d normally be able to explore in one playthrough.

Are you ready to take back the frontier from the dark forces of demonic corruption and earn the right to move on to a better world? The Barren Lands call you, Gunslinger!

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Blood West is a dark and gritty horror/western game. Scenes of gore and brutal violence are to be expected, presented in glorious low-res, low-poly 3D.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-7500
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
    • Storage: 5 GB available space

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