Serious Sam 3: BFE Announced; Screenshots Released

February 28, 2011

By Andrew Burnes

The Croatian Croteam has officially announced Serious Sam 3: BFE, the long-awaited follow-up to the studio’s original Serious Sam games, first released a decade ago. As shown below in the screenshots, the high quality character models and detailed environments rival those seen in big-budget titles, while the lighting effects are on par with those produced by Epic’s Unreal Engine 3. Achieved using their self-developed Serious Engine 3, Croteam have ensured that SS3BFE can stand toe-to-toe with the big hitters on the market without the need for a seven-figure budget.

But what is Serious Sam 3: BFE? We’ll let Croteam explain in their own unique way: “Serious Sam 3: BFE is a glorious throwback to the golden age of first-person shooters where men were men, cover was for amateurs and pulling the trigger made things go boom. Serving as a prequel to the original indie sensation, Serious Sam: The First Encounter, Serious Sam 3: BFE takes place during the Earth’s final struggle against Mental’s invading legions of beasts and mercenaries. Set against the collapsing temples of an ancient civilization and the crumbling cities of 22nd century Egypt, Serious Sam 3: BFE is an exhilarating fusion of classic twitch shooters and modern gameplay features.”

In other words, head-on first-person shooting without the need to hide behind cover every few seconds to regenerate health. Croteam love their trademark gameplay and refuse to reinvent the wheel, though they have revealed that Sam will now be able to utilise a range of new melee attacks for when Werebulls get that bit too close for comfort. It’s therefore safe to say that if you hated the original Serious Sam games, or their HD remakes released on Steam in recent years, it’s worth skipping SS3BFE. But for those that just can’t get enough Serious Sam, the new release will include sixteen-player online campaign co-op, deathmatch, and a new, as yet unexplained multiplayer mode called Beast Hunt.

As Croteam put it, “your days of mowing down zombie Nazi space pirates are over.”