New Blood Interactive's Dusk '82 Game is Not a Joke

Dusk developer New Blood Interactive has revealed that its April Fool's Day jokes are actually coming to life, starting with a release of Dusk '82 on Steam.

Published: April 8, 2021 3:31 PM /


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New Blood Interactive's Dusk '82 game originally debuted as an April Fool's joke, but it's a joke no longer — this retro throwback is actually in development, as are its other jokes from that day.

Dusk is a fast-paced first-person shooter with retro graphics. As with many game developers, New Blood Interactive also happened to have a bunch of April Fool's Day jokes, one of which was an even more retro version of the game called Dusk '82. Now, it's announced that Dusk '82 — and all of its other April Fool's jokes — are very much real.

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The Dusk '82 Game is One of Many April Fool's Jokes Coming to Life

The Dusk '82 game changes up genres from Dusk, making it less of a first-person shooter and more of a puzzle adventure game similar to Chip's Challenge or Sokoban. It also has a bit of a Rogue vibe; enemies only move when you do. It will be coming to life as an actual game on Steam along with a few cool bonuses including full Steam Workshop support and a built-in, intuitive map editor.

That's not the only joke that's coming to life, mind! Gloomwood's "Rat Vision" is actually coming to the game, allowing players to spot hidden cheese in the walls. This will put Gloomwood in the very exclusive club of games that contain hidden cheese, another of which is the N64 classic Perfect Dark. The voice-acted version of Kyle is Famous is apparently also a real thing.

Finally, one of the coolest things New Blood Interactive did for April Fool's Day is to swap out all of its Steam Store art with drawings made by the four-year-old daughter of Dusk developer David Szymanski., You can now download all of her cute masterpieces in today's tweet announcing these new projects actually coming to life.

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When is the Dusk '82 Release Date?

The Dusk '82 release date is billed as "soon" with no other details. Unfortunately, we can't say for sure when we'll actually get to play the game.

That said, the game is very much playable — you can watch the developer playing the game on Twitter. You can also add Dusk '82 to your wishlist on Steam, and don't forget to pick up the original, too!

What do you think of the upcoming Dusk '82 game? What other games would you like to see get a demake? Let us know in the comments below!

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