The mid-to-late nineties was a special time for the first-person shooter scene. Games like Duke Nukem 3D, Doom 2 and Heretic left an indelible mark on the genre, but one other franchise was causing a stir for different reasons: Blood. The name said it all, really; Blood was an FPS game that revelled in gratuitous violence and black humour. The result was a game steeped in atmosphere, shock-tactics and numerous pop culture references. Nearly two years ago, I replayed the game for a Retro Review, and I was pleased by just how well the game played.
A Blood fan website known as The Postmortem recently received an unexpected forum post by Jason Hall, who is the founder and ex-CEO of Monolith Games; this also makes him one of the blokes responsible for unleashing Blood in the first place.
Hall has begun probing the Blood community to gauge feedback on the idea of re-releasing the original game. Needless to say, this is the greatest idea ever. It then became the greatest greatest idea ever when he said that the re-release would ideally be free.
“I have been contemplating the idea bringing Blood back and was wondering how people might feel about it,” his post began. “To be clear, I am thinking of bringing the ORIGINAL Blood game back as it was, with functionality alterations/enhancements that are similar but superior to ZDAEMON‘s. I would also make it work on all platforms, and not just PC.”
Hall concluded by reiterating that he wanted to fund the project himself (he says he has the resources to do so) but that he also wanted community involvement.