Industry pioneer and the creative minds behind Rise of the Triad (2013) bring a new breed of action star to life. Meet Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, originally conceived in 1998; she’s a bomb technician turned mercenary for hire in the isometric action role-playing game Bombshell.
US-based publisher and developer 3D Realms is known for pioneering the shareware distribution model in the early ’90s and has co-developed historic games like Wolfenstein 3D, Duke Nukem and Max Payne. 3D Realms was recently acquired (2014) by a group of companies that also invested in Rise of the Triad developer Interceptor Entertainment, and are now partnering with the Denmark-based game studio to develop Bombshell.
Shelly’s a fierce gunslinger ready to blow her enemies to smithereens with stylish skill and a powerful personality to match her mechanical arm. (Her tri-pistol is named Loverboy, by the way.) Bombshell is a fast-paced shooting, action role-playing game with an exciting story that aims to stir up an experience of depth and intensity that has previously never been seen in the genre.
Shelly lost her arm and her squad after failing to disarm an otherworldly bomb in what became known as “The Washington Incident.” Held responsible for the explosion, Shelly was discharged from the Global Defense Force and later approached by a private military contractor with the promise of a second chance: an arm constructed from technological remnants found in the wake of the incident.
Follow Bombshell’s quest for redemption as she fights through surreal alien worlds to rescue the President and save Earth using a growing array of special skills.
The gameplay uses a blend of first-person shooting controls, role-playing mechanics, and “an isometric perspective, empowering the player to save the world with deadly speed and accuracy.” Bombshell also has techtree upgrades, countless arm configurations, destructive weaponry and fierce combat abilities. Check out the official trailer below from 3D Realms’ YouTube channel and look forward to Bombshell dropping later this year for PC and consoles.