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Ready for the Summer!

It’s time to go outside and play, they say. Fine. Let’s just stock up on the games before we go.

Steam Summer Sale is on and all of our titles are so heavily discounted that we’re practically giving them away! Take a look at our 25th anniversary storefront and grab Croteam’s games up to 90$ off!
https://store.steampowered.com/sale/croteam

(Serious Sam 3:BFE running on a ASUS Republic of Gamers laptop in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Credit: @plethora_etc)

Tormental Hits Early Access on August 2nd 2018!

After a couple of years in development, Tormental is ready to become the second Croteam Incubator game available to the general public. Launching on Steam Early Access on August 2nd, 2018, based on the Serious Sam universe and developed by Gungrounds, Tormental will take you on a journey through a tormented mind of Mental, a demigod of destruction.

Players jumping in on the Early Access action will get a chance to become a part of the development and influence the evolution of Tormental in the coming months, be it through the official discussion boards on Steam or the Tormental Discord channel where the developers are active daily.

For more info on Tormental please visit Steam and don’t forget to wishlist and follow in order to get all the fresh info first.

Woah! We’re 25 Years Old

For all of us at Croteam, 2018 has been a special year so far. We have done many things we are proud of, but none of them as big as the announcement of Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass, a new game in the series that made us into what we are today. But, all of those things seem small compared to the biggest milestone so far – our 25th anniversary.

Being a part of this amazing industry for such a long time means we have gone through it all, from the proverbial garage where we were dreaming of a future in which we can live off of making games, to our breakout with Serious Sam and that dream becoming a reality. We’ve built lots of memories and stories over the years, but none of them would be possible without the neverending support from our fan base that stuck with us through thick and thin.

We are eager to continue our journey for another 25 years and then some, but before we do so, we want to show our love and appreciation to you, the community, with a huge Croteam 25th Anniversary Sale on Steam where you can grab all our games with up to 90% off!

I Hate Running Backwards is available NOW!

The day has finally come! The first Croteam Incubator game to launch, I Hate Running Backwards by Binx Interactive, is AVAILABLE NOW for PC via Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

That’s right, you can play this amazing shoot-em-down on three of four leading platforms. As for you Nintendo Switch fans – worry not! Binx Interactive is hard at work to launch your very own version of the game later this summer. It won’t be long now.

Pro tip: the game might be local co-op only, but if you are playing on PC be sure to grab a friend, download the Parsec gaming app and blast your way through some enemies online!

To find out more about I Hate Running Backwards be sure to check out this blog post about the history of the project.

I Hate Running Backwards is launching May 22!

A couple of weeks back we have officially announced the Croteam Incubator initiative and now it’s finally time to announce that I Hate Running Backwards is the first incubator game to be released this month, on Tuesday, May 22.

This crazy shoot-em-down game features destructible, randomly generated environments, a fancy level-up system and random drops of health, power-ups, and weapons that compliment each of the star characters unique main weapons. Want to use a deadly farting donkey? No problem! Ass Blaster has you covered! Want to move the ground and raise walls? Seismic Disruptor is your friend. Best of all? You get to dual wield these babies! That’s right, you can fire special and main weapons at the same damn time! Add to that the exciting couch co-op multiplayer mode, where you get to curse at your friend for not saving your ass or grabbing that ammo crate that you needed so badly, and you’ve got yourself a serious party.

The game will get a simultaneous release on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with the Nintendo Switch version coming later this summer.

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Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass official reveal coming @ E3 2018

Hey everyone!
The time is finally right for us to do an official announcement of Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass. The full reveal will happen at the Devolver Digital E3 conference, this June in LA, but in the meantime be sure to wishlist the game on Steam to get all the latest info and updates first.

Oh… and here’s a nice little teaser so be sure to check it out and tell us what you think via our social network channels. 🙂

Croteam Incubator is now officially a thing!

The Croteam Incubator is an internal division of Croteam formed in 2015, with an initiative to provide Croatian developers with opportunities that otherwise wouldn’t be available while focusing on Croteam’s studio values – creating great games and enjoying what makes game development fun.

“This year, Croteam is celebrating its 25-year anniversary. Starting up in this business wasn’t an easy ride. We went through it all, but we were also very lucky,” remembers Roman Ribaric, Croteam’s CEO and President of Croteam Incubator. “Croteam started in the proverbial garage, went through tough times and experienced a lot of difficulties before we got to where we are today. Now we’re in a position to help out and that’s exactly what Croteam Incubator is about.”

A lot of things weren’t available to new game dev studios in the past, like engine technology, grants, loans and private funding, which all are now more accessible to everyone willing to start in game development. At the same time, a lot of startup development studios are still struggling to get their projects off the ground.

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SCUM and I Hate Running Backwards are Ready to Blow Your Mind at PAX East!

A wise man once said that nothing feels as good as playing a great game and while this might be completely made up we’re pretty sure not many things come close. That’s exactly the reason we decided to jump over The Pond once more and visit the great city of Boston for PAX East where we will be joined by two amazing teams – Gamepires and Binx Interactive – who are going to showcase their amazing projects.

You have undoubtedly heard about Gamepires. For the past two years, Gamepires have been working on developing the ultimate open-world survival game that will evolve the genre with its unprecedented levels of character customization and progress. That game is, of course, SCUM. The game has been talked about a lot, but it has never been showcased publicly, and that’s exactly why you should book your PAX East tickets right now.

SCUM will be available to play at the amazing custom made booth made in collaboration between Gamepires and Devolver Digital, so be sure to look for it on the show floor and give it a try. We know you’ll love it. Also, if you’re one of those cool content creator folk, be sure to drop a line to tinsley[at]tinsley-pr[dot]com to arrange an appointment and get a chance to chat to the developers.

Along with SCUM, PAX East will be enriched by the presence of Binx Interactive, a five-man part of the Croteam Incubator, who will be showcasing their “shoot-em-down” game I Hate Running Backwards. This gem of a game was last shown at Gamescom 2017 and Reboot InfoGamer 2017 but has evolved beyond expectation. That makes it a perfect fit for PAX East where you will be able to get hands-on and even play with some of the developers.

 

See you at Reboot Develop in Dubrovnik?

Not Davor Hunski.

Megalomaniac event managers of Reboot Develop have just updated the seemingly ever-growing list of this year’s speakers. The rest of the line up will be revealed as the conference nears, bringing the total number of speakers to “more than 110” industry veterans (in 7 tracks).

Currently there are “only” 34 speakers listed, but it’s hard not to be impressed just by glancing at the list. It’s also a great honor to see two of our very own devs in company of these games industry celebrities.

Davor Hunski, Croteam’s Chief Creative Officer and Grandfather of Croatian gaming industry will be joined by Admir Elezović, studio’s co-founder and Art Director for a talk on their current project. Which may or may not be Serious Sam 4. They aren’t saying (yet).

Regardless, Reboot Develop is shaping up as the most unique, premier and high-end games industry event in Europe and there are plenty of reasons to attend the conference taking place in historical seaside city of Dubrovnik, aka “real world King’s Landing”. The conference will be taking place from 19th to 21st of April 2018.

So this is Christmas…

You get a discount! You get a discount! You get a discount! Every one gets a discount!!!

So this is Christmas… and what have you done? Another year almost over but we’re not free of Mental scum.

That being said, it’s about time for all of you to jump back in and help Sam defeat those ugly bastards. What’s that? You’ve missed some of Sam’s adventures? No matter – they are all heavily discounted during the Steam Christmas Sale 2017.

If blowing stuff up is not your cup of tea, you can always spice your Christmas up with something philosophical. Oh, we don’t know… something like The Talos Principle that got the biggest price cut to date for both regular and VR versions.

Happy holidays!

Tobii Eye Tracking and Serious Sam are a Match Made in Heaven!

Things just got more serious. Unleash Sam’s true potential and enhance his instincts with Tobii Eye Tracking. Now armed with several features, Aim at Gaze to target enemies by aiming with your sight. Features like Extended View and Clean UI make gameplay more immersive and allow you to seamlessly experience the spectacular landscapes – without modifying traditional controls. From invasions to battles, your gaze is your new weapon as you save the universe.

To celebrate this awesome partnership between Tobii and ourselves, we have decided to award one lucky player with a Tobii Eye Tracker 4C, along with one amazing game that supports it – Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE. For a chance to win simply retweet the message embedded below. The winners will be announced on Thursday, 6 PM CET. Good luck!

*Compatible Eye Tracking Devices: Tobii Eye Tracker 4C, Alienware 17 Notebook, Acer Predator Notebook 21 X, MSI GT72 Notebook, Acer Predator Monitors Z301CT, Z271T, XB271HUT.

We decide to implement iOS support to Serious Engine, you won’t believe what happens next!

Extra boost went in optimising rendering quality on higher-end devices (refraction effects, real reflection in waters/shiny floors, enabled FXAA antialiasing, enabled tree swaying, etc.)

Actually, you probably know already because It’s done and it works great. You can all check it out by downloading The Talos Principle from the iOS App Store. So much for the shock value, but the story on how Serious Engine was able to support Metal API and push the boundaries of iOS devices does make for a compelling read. Karlo Jež, one of Croteam’s senior programmers, tells the story.

“I was just about finished with my work on single pass and multi-GPU rendering optimizations for VR titles and getting ready to start working on the next project. Alen (Croteam’s CTO) walked into my office and asked me if I knew anything about Metal API. I said ‘Yes. I know it’s out there’.” 

“Just one short month later, the first builds were successfully tested on multiple iOS devices using Metal API.”

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