An undead cowboy fights his way through Purgatory to regain his memories in this twin-stick shooter.
Microsoft just held their X019 event in London, a celebration of all things Xbox. One of the games announced was West of Dead.
West of Dead is a twin-stick shooter set in the old west of 1889, however, the main character has a distinct Ghost Rider vibe and is voiced by everyone’s favourite Hellboy, actor Ron Perlman.
The main character is actually William Mason, an undead cowboy who awakens in Purgatory with no memory. To regain his memory he will need to fight his way through the game which uses a cover-based system in a series of procedurally generated levels.
The official synopsis states,
“A place of gun smoke and darkness, sin and damnation, wendigos and witches. A shifting, chaotic world that takes its form from the memories, culture or beliefs of the souls who pass through. When a dead man awakens with only the memory of a figure in black, he sets into motion a chain of events that have truly mythic consequences.
Step into the boots of the dead man William Mason (voiced by Ron Perlman) and descend into the grim and gritty world of Purgatory in this fast-paced twin-stick shooter that’ll put your skills to test. Dodge behind cover as you try to outgun your enemies in the unknown procedurally generated hunting grounds. The Wild West has never been this dark.”
The Ron Perlman Hellboy connection doesn’t end there. As you’ll see from the trailer and those of your familiar with the Hellboy comic, the art style in the game bears a very strong resemblance to Mike Mignola’s (creator of Hellboy).
West of Dead is available to play as an open Beta until the 25th of November on Xbox One. The game will then see a full release next year on Xbox One, PlayStation4, Nintendo Switch and PC.
You can find out a little more over a the official West of Dead website.