VR shooters generally tend to take things on the serious side which is great and all, but sometimes you just want to unwind and see some green blood splatter and witness a flying neon alien and move on. Which is why it’s probably perfect that Drunk or Dead developer 4iLab is working on a new game that promises just that and more. This studio is known for making games that don’t take themselves too seriously (I mean how serious can a game where you have to get drunk to survive the zombie apocalypse be) and with a name like Blood, Bugs and Bullets you can bet you’re going to have a war shooter that teeters more to the eccentric side of things. Which is great news if you’re looking for something that’s a little off the beaten track.
Blood, Bugs and Bullets, or B3 as the developers are calling it, has you saving the world from hordes of alien insectoids by completing various missions. 4iLab says that B3 is a tactical positional VR shooter with team play through co-op, and you can expect to see the bullets flying in action-packed battles where you move around specific firing positions on a large-scale battlefield. The game is currently at closed Alpha stage and is expected to fully release for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets sometime during Fall 2019. Which means we might still see an early access release towards the end of this year. I got to try a special preview of the game using an HTC Vive and was surprised with the level of polish the game already displays. Especially visually. Though it certainly isn’t close to a workable release yet, B3 definitely shows a lot of promise and was actually a lot of fun to play.
Check out this early alpha preview of B3:
The early alpha demo version of the game currently includes two storyline missions. In the first, players are dropped from the orbital carrier into a gorge, where a battle between insectoids and the convoy carrying the queen of the swarm is already taking place. Your goal is to protect the convoy and prevent insectoids from releasing the Queen. In the second mission, you defend a base. In response to the call for the rescue of the Queen, insectoids come in increasing waves and attack the base. Your goal is to break the onslaught of the enemy.
Of course, multiplayer isn’t exactly an option yet, so I played along with the AI as I was checking out the game and they definitely held up their part in the team. You’ll see in the video that the queen (who looks like a giant green flying turd by the way) still got away in the mission I tried – but we definitely kept up a good fight. The alien bugs aren’t too hard to kill and I’ve seen some people compare the game to Starship Troopers which definitely isn’t too far off since there are some definite similarities. Which isn’t a bad thing in my book.
B3 utilizes a fixed teleportation method that lets you quickly get to specific areas on the map. I’m sure there will be some who’ll be instantly turned off by this, but the game is being marketed as a ‘positional VR shooter’ so I can’t see that changing or new locomotion methods being added in the future. So we’ll have to wait and see what the developers have in store for us with Blood, Bugs and Bullets, though I’m thinking the name probably says it all.
We’ll keep you updated as more news about the game comes to light.