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How to make a modern 90s shooter, from those who made them

When Doom tore its way onto our screens in 2016, it marked a revival of 90s shooter motifs like blistering pace, charge-forward combat and a rejection of narrative and cutscenes. Its success stirred up indie developers, who saw that there may be merit in doubling down on that old-school spirit. After all, you didn’t need high production values or big budgets to recreate the splattery sprites, crude polygons and cuboid giblets that typified 90s shooters. This retro shooter renaissance took hold in 2018, led by Dusk, Amid Evil, and Project Warlock – among others. The developers behind each game interpreted…