Apogee Entertainment has unveiled Exocide, a cinematic, action-packed FPS where you can wield four guns to take down legions of insects, spiders, and unusual creatures. Coming from developer Hellforge Studios, its slightly-blockier aesthetic reminds us of some of the very best early PlayStation 2 and GameCube shooters. And it’s coming to Switch in 2023.
You’re humanity’s last hope against hordes of genetically-enhanced insects. Sounds like a nightmare, but with the ability to wield four weapons at once, your goal is simply to rack up points by eliminating these radioactive mutants. Speed and style are of the essence, and you can use jet boosts, wall jumps, and grind rails to get around fast.
Inspired by classic invasion cinema from the 1950s, there’s a real charm paired with the game’s electric combat and movement. And it’s definitely got a little bit of Boomer Shooter DNA in there too.
For more info, check out these details from the game’s press release:
Exocide, the combo-fueled cinematic invasion shooter from Hellforge Studios and published by Apogee Entertainment, stands against the insect legions in 2023 on Steam for PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
Wield up to four (yes, 4!) firearms at once as humanity’s last hope—the enigmatic Handler-128—and his excitable, colorful A.I. partner, G.E.N.N.I. Every bullet counts in mankind’s last stand against an army of genetically modified insects. These once-loyal superbugs, faced with global food shortages, have now pledged allegiance to their survival, not their creators. But even as swarms of super-powered spiders and drones bear down on the last human stronghold, who says you can’t slay with style?
String together brutal, cool-as-hell combos in lightning-fast, score-based gunplay. Strike from the air with the trusty Power Axe to stagger foes for follow-ups, nail back-to-back headshots with precision rifles, and jettison from ramps in the environment to keep your killer combo running. Build speed with Handler-128’s jet boots and rack up style points by wall-riding between quarter pipes, grinding handrails, or charge-dashing into the fray. Enter a flow state and create a glorious symphony of destruction to run up the scoreboard.
Higher point totals unlock Handler-128’s full arsenal of creative weaponry, including combat augmentations for Genni. Her mechanical robot arms extend outward over Handler’s shoulders. Pull explosive barrels into her clutches and toss them for area-of-effect damage. Take aim with dual SMGs while the Handler himself dual-wields shotguns, pistols, or something more bombastic. Fill each level with weapon mods of your choice or utterly devastate the bug legions by picking mounted turrets off the ground with Genni’s unbeatable strength.
Return to older stages with these new unlocks to extend combos even further, or press ahead in a breakneck narrative campaign. Through trials and despair, across a 20-year theater of war, Handler-128 and Genni have fought together and forged a bond between human and AI unlike any before. See their journey to its dramatic, unforgettable conclusion, uncovering the wider lore of Exocide’s alternate timeline through their intimate story and connection.
Exocide will be blasting onto the Switch sometime in 2023, and this looks like one to keep an eye on.
What do you think of Exocide’s announcement trailer? Will you be adding to your collection of FPS games on Switch with this next year? Sound off in the comments!