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Exocide is a bug-squashing boomer shooter where you play a four-armed exterminator


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As part of RazerCon 2022, Apogee Entertainment showed a revamped look at Exocide, an early 2000s throwback FPS where you defend humanity from legions of genetically engineered giant insects.

Exocide's look immediately appeals to me. It's a souped-up "how you remember it" take on PC graphics from between 2000 and 2004⁠—higher-res textures and more defined models than what came before, but not quite to the "approaching photorealism" level of the Xbox 360 era. 

It looks very similar to the upcoming Phantom Fury, as well as Apogee stablemate Turbo Overkill. Everything's punctuated with these sickly neon greens and yellows, which jibe perfectly with the game's focus on mutant bug extermination.

Man's reach has exceeded his grasp yet again, and our genetically engineered soldier insects have turned on us. As a "Handler," you not only fight the bugs with the requisite boomer shooter arsenal of shotguns, machine guns, and rocket launchers, but also have two additional hands to help you out. They hold bonus weapons, or else help you handle super-sized giant guns, and live in the upper right and left corners of the screen.

It's not clear how exactly you'll control them, but I already love the concept. Your eyes are always drawn to the center or bottom of the screen in FPSes, and I like it when they find ways to upend that and present a weirder sort of first-person view. I'm thinking of mechanics like the shoulder cannon in Doom Eternal, the arc soul in Destiny, or the hanging lantern in Coven⁠—they really help spice things up.

It doesn't seem like we'll have to wait long for Exocide either. There's no demo, but it's currently marked as entering into early access by the end of this year on Steam

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aiming at insects in front of large staircase while holding some manner of crate with a third arm

(Image credit: Hellforge Studios, Apogee Entertainment)
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first person view firing weapons at floating insects in front of warehouse with sign reading

(Image credit: Hellforge Studios, Apogee Entertainment)
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first person view holding four weapons at once while staring down boss with inferno in background

(Image credit: Hellforge Studios, Apogee Entertainment)
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firing three electrical weapons at once near glowing red porthole having drawn closer to

(Image credit: Hellforge Studios, Apogee Entertainment)
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looking up hill at indeterminant insect creature while holding a futuristic fire axe

(Image credit: Hellforge Studios, Apogee Entertainment)
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first person view firing quad weapons in a rust colored, cavernous room

(Image credit: Hellforge Studios, Apogee Entertainment)
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holding axe under an orange sky looking forward in Exocide

(Image credit: Hellforge Studios, Apogee Entertainment)

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