Hunt down a resurrected Maggie Thatcher in this frightfully British Doom campaign A screenshot of Thatcher's Techbase. 1

Hunt down a resurrected Maggie Thatcher in this frightfully British Doom campaign A screenshot of Thatcher's Techbase.

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Hunt down a resurrected Maggie Thatcher in this frightfully British Doom campaign A screenshot of Thatcher's Techbase. 2

Back in July, I fell in love with an ongoing project to recreate a grim English high street in Duke Nukem 3D’s Build Engine. As it happens, another developer was already well underway on their own grim retro-coloured descent into Blightyβ€”though there’s more gore than Greggs to be found in the depths of Thatcher’s Techbase.

Arriving on September 24, Thatcher’s Techbase is a free level pack for the original Doom (compatible with emulators like Boom) that sees you descend into “the tenth circle of hellβ€”the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland” in the hunt for a resurrected Margaret Thatcher. 

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You’ll be blasting the stiff upper lips off hordes of reskinned zombies and demons from the bunting-clad halls of parliament to Thatcher’s own grave, with a handful of new weapons like the Trident Launcher and the BFG 1990, with full support for online co-op. Amazingly, Techbase has even wrangled the voice actors of Demeter and Persephone from Supergiant’s Hades to lend their vocals to the campaign.

I’m a massive sucker for this kind of grim representation of the UK in gamesβ€”a more honest look at this weird, dour island than Forza Horizon 4’s sunlit uplands. Director Jim Purvis has even hinted that there’ll be a wry reference to Limmy’s stand-out “Honk if Thatcher’s dead” highlight.

More screens and info can be found on the game’s official site, where Thatcher’s Techbase will launch for free on September 24.