Developer Croteam is bringing back Serious Sam, the shooter franchise it’s been working on since 2001, for another run. The studio and publisher Devolver Digital today teased Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass, a Serious Sam “on a brutally bigger scale,” in the form a new trailer.
The trailer shows Serious Sam riding a chopper through a pastoral setting, scattered with fauna and, later, scores of headless kamikaze bombers, hinting at Planet Badass’ more expansive new direction. On the game’s Steam page, Croteam promises “the world-renowned signature Serious Sam gameplay on a brutally bigger scale, and not a single desert level.”
Exactly what that means for Serious Sam will have to wait for this year’s E3. Devolver and Croteam plan to reveal more at this year’s show, which takes place June 12-14 in Los Angeles.
Serious Sam: The First Encounter kicked off the franchise in 2001. Croteam has followed that game up with sequels, HD remakes and VR versions of the games. The studio veered away from Serious Sam in 2014 with its first-person puzzle game The Talos Principle.