Okay boys, leave your zombie survival games aside because our favourite metalheads from Croteam are gunning for some seriously epic scenes in Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass, trying to cram 100 thousand enemies on screen. Badass indeed.
Obviously, Croteam are taking Serious Sam to a whole new level, no pun intended, aiming for the type of scenes you're more likely to see in Lord of the Rings than the current crop of games. Having already been hyped up by the prospect of Days Gone's hordes of rabid zombies, I think I've found my next, ahem, milestone to track.
Speaking to Kotaku, Croteam's Ante Vrdelja stressed that the company isn't interested in your ordinary cutscene depiction of a battle - they want players to be in the thick of the action. Having played each Serious Sam since the original game launched back in 2001, I can vouch for this being the truth and nothing but the truth.
Nevertheless, Croteam and Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass still have a lot to go before achieving this monstrous goal, even if they've made some serious progress so far. The closed doors demo at this year's E3 teased massive hordes of enemies, which are said to have looked quite impressive, although the number was still some way off the intended 100K number.
Vrdelja did point out however that running 100K enemies in a single scene will require quite a powerful rig, most likely not the sort you can get at the moment. Note however that Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass will be optimised for slower machines as well, which is likely to include downsizing of the enemy force for that particular scene.
I've said it before but it bears repeating - I've always considered Serious Sam a true spiritual successor to good ol' Duke Nukem, brutal hectic action and laughs included. Seeing him dragged through the mud over the years was not easy, but Croteam's Serious Sam has been there to pick up the pieces so to speak. With hordes of fans eagerly awaiting to see the next Sam, it's nice to see Croteam aim big, even if my machine can't take it.