Serious Sam 3: BFE Q&A - First Details

In Serious Sam 3: BFE, "Serious" Sam Stone is gearing up for his third tour of duty against the evil Notorious Mental. Croteam CEO Roman Ribaric gives us the first details.

2001's arcade-style shooter Serious Sam: The First Encounter seemed like a breath of fresh air for first-person shooter players, who, at the time, had otherwise pretty much been stuck having their virtual gun battles in brown sewers, gray warehouses, gray sewers, or brown warehouses, all full of more crates than you could shake a stick at. It was, in fact, this novelty that led independent game site Old Man Murray to first discover the game and make it known to the public--and the rest is history. The unusual shooter, developed by Croatian studio Croteam, placed its action-hero protagonist, "Serious" Sam Stone, in enormous outdoor environments and pitted him against a gigantic army of completely insane alien monsters led by Notorious Mental, an alien overlord bent on taking over the universe. Now, Serious Sam is getting ready for his newest adventure in Serious Sam 3: BFE. Croteam CEO Roman Ribaric explains.

Serious Sam will be up against some serious opposition this time around.

GameSpot: Give us an overview of Serious Sam 3. What's planned for the new game? Bigger fights against crazy enemies in even bigger outdoor environments? How will the game improve on the previous games in the series? And, what new areas will it explore?

Roman Ribaric: Serious Sam 3: BFE serves as a prequel to Serious Sam: The First Encounter and tells the story leading up to the events of the original game. You'll definitely see some familiar areas, in addition to some completely new locales. It was important to us that we build upon the existing Serious Sam legend and expand on some of Sam's earlier adventures to explain how in the hell he got into the situations you've already played through.

GS: We understand that Serious Sam Stone is going to have a new set of melee attacks. How will this work against enemies that come charging right up to him, like sirian werebulls and the exploding beheaded kamikaze bombs-for-hands guys? How will it be viable for Sam to use melee attacks to defend himself against enemies that charge at him or try to explode near him? Are you ready to talk about how this feature works?

RR: This feature is easy to show but hard to describe. For example, in the case of the beheaded kamikaze, you first stand still, then wait for him to get close to you, then you bend over, have him explode in your face, lose half of your health, and happily stand still for the next one.

GS: So maybe it is a bit too early to talk about how melee works, then. In that case, the series has become known for having huge outdoor environments with big, big battles. Just how big will the new game's environments get? How big will the battles get? How many enemies can fit onscreen at once?

RR: There is going to be a massive number of enemies onscreen at once, along with huge outdoor levels. Our new Serious Engine 3 engine technology actually helps our designers create more massive fights and open spaces.

GS: Are there any crazy new enemies in the new game that you'd like to share with us?

RR: We wanted to pile on the awesomeness and introduce some new enemies that fans would find a little intimidating. Serious Sam is known for enemies like the beheaded kamikaze and kleer skeletons that attack in big groups and make your palms sweat a little bit. New guys, like the Scrapjack you see in the screenshots, will be making appearances and will be waiting to absolutely wreck your world.

You'll face all-new enemies with all-new powers.

GS: Aside from the awesome power of crates, what other lessons from developing the previous games is the team using to create Serious Sam 3? And, are there any specific requests from the fan community that you're looking to include?

RR: We are open to hear fan suggestions on how to [pay tribute to] Old Man Murray [and its ideas]. Feel free to e-mail us or post your suggestions in our forums.

GS: We understand that the new game will support cooperative play for up to 16 players. Is this only for the PC or for console as well? How will this work? How many players can play locally? And, will that be via split-screen?

RR: In terms of first-person shooters, the PC is still king, so 16 players is PC only. However, on the consoles, we will have more co-op players playing the single-player campaign than the two current best-selling console military shooters. Combined. Oh, yeah, Sam is the co-op king of all first-person shooters. No cover; just a whole bunch of guys.

Co-op in Serious Sam games is total mayhem! We've traditionally scaled up the enemies and the difficulty as more players join forces in co-op. When you get to 16 players tearing it up, we throw everything we've got at you, and it really becomes overwhelming. At that point, if you want to take out someone on your team, you might want to think twice, since having that extra gun blazing might be the only thing keeping your group alive!

GS: Aside from cooperative play, do you plan to include any other new multiplayer modes, such as competitive modes? Could you give us some examples?

RR: Along with the most famous cooperative play, the classic competitive modes that were introduced in Serious Sam HD will also be there, like Capture the Flag, Last Team Standing, and My Burden.

GS: Will Sam be using the same kinds of guns, like the dual revolvers, chainsaw, minigun, rocket launcher, and cannon he used previously? Any changes to his arsenal? Any new weapons or items he can use in Serious Sam 3?

Serious Sam 3: BFE will be released later this year.

RR: Yes, yes, and yes!

GS: Well, fair enough. Thanks, Roman.

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CrysisFPS
CrysisFPS

I'm anxious to hear the release date!!

patrickstat
patrickstat

Serious graphics, serious game. I seriously cannot wait!!!!!

Saintier
Saintier

Anyone who's played Serious Sam at the time it was released will definitely agree that it was a revolution in FPS games... Expect to see the same from this one...fingers crossed! :D

wedran123
wedran123

One of the greatest gaming franchises....in all of damn history

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Its nice to see FPS's being taken back to a time when they were made solely to be great fun Frag-Fests. This and DNF are definate pickups for me : )

SgtBallou
SgtBallou

GREAT!!! Co-op is finally back! Serious Sam has always been on the top for me! "I can bet ya half of those americans saying "OH this game is so awesome...." and stuff like that dont even know from what country Croteam is" This AMERICAN does not care where they are from!! What a retarded comment wedran123!

911game
911game

This game look very Serious I cant wait to play this game. The monsters and cities look like a war between humanities and the monsters awesome..................are there new Serious weapon in the game?

BULLETBOY_BS9
BULLETBOY_BS9

i use 2 love serious sam on the xbox and that but now i look back n i look at the graphics n the gameplay n i think i cant belive i use 2 play this but im buzzin that i can play this again wiv betaa graphics n hopefully a new style of gameplay i recon they can do a lot of stuff wiv this game lookin forward 2 it

wedran123
wedran123

I can bet ya half of those americans saying "OH this game is so awesome...." and stuff like that dont even know from what country Croteam is

SaynotoKlaus
SaynotoKlaus

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ssj5_nick
ssj5_nick

@VirgilHilts1944 "My nipples feel like pencil erasers." Yeah, such highbrow humor goes right over our dumb, American heads.

ssj5_nick
ssj5_nick

Serious Sam is gearing up for his third tour of duty. No he isn't. This is like his sixth tour of duty and I'm still waiting for Serious Sam: The Third Encounter.

svaargod
svaargod

Ok...wait a second, is it only me, or these pictures look like it's a next gen graphics at it's finest...at first I was like wtf this cant be, and then I read it's coming out on this generation consoles and PC =) sweeeeet...

ecurl143
ecurl143

This is a no brainer first day purchase for me. I loved both Serious Sam games for their mindless carnage gameplay and beautiful graphics engine. Bring it!

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

Duke Nukem Forever, Serious Sam, Sonic Generations, Final Fantasy IV. Its a return to what made games great!

Duke_Dude
Duke_Dude

I've been an avid fan of Serious Sam since it's inception! I just love this serious!! Thanks for this 3rd installment Croteam!!

Rocker6
Rocker6

I love Serious Sam games,theyre almost only games from my country known to the rest of the world.

mamkem6
mamkem6

NICE ! I'm proud of these guys. I wish them best luck and definitely more money. There should be more talk about them in our media, I can't even remember when was the last time they were mentioned. I thought they were killed by our ''good'' economics.

Oggy1985
Oggy1985

Can't wait to see more details. Those few screens look awesome! Also i must say i admire those guys from Croteam. From such a small country and small studio publishing a full game isn't easy. And here we aren't talking about some INDIE game (with no disrespect for INDIE's) but a full title that, hoping, will shatter our PC rigs once more :)

Andy9Beans
Andy9Beans

@jinilthedon Nice bit of logic, it's pity you have no concept of history. It's like saying "King of Consoles is xbox 360, which was a repackaged PC, therefore King of Consoles is PC"

VirgilHilts1944
VirgilHilts1944

Shame Americans just didn't understand the humor of Serious Sam II. It's an European game for Christ sakes and I'm an European. Hell, they also didn't understand what effort Croteam has put to create Serious Sam II. It features over 40 enemies, vehicles, movies, new weapons, new characters, awesome graphics, 7 huge bosses, 7 episodes, 42 levels - LOTS AND LOTS OF GAMEPLAY and it still isn't enough?! Come on! I love Serious Sam II the most and can't wait for SS3. Hope it's gonna be a blast and I don't doubt it will be. And, of course, who can't love SS:TFE and TSE? =)

jinilthedon
jinilthedon

King of FPS is Halo,Thats on pc....oh wait its on xbox 360... So xbox 360 is the king of FPS.

partytimekegs
partytimekegs

Looks like a lot of fun. Can't wait to play it.

Fayt1986
Fayt1986

cant wait! allways found these games a blast.

jubaghutta
jubaghutta

Thank god this game is coming out! I've been waiting for too long! Screw Duke Nukem come on SAM!

Chaotic760
Chaotic760

To me it looks more better than duke nukem

Shelledfade1
Shelledfade1

this game already visually LOOKS 30x better than duke nukem.

Rivenearth
Rivenearth

@deestinct Ever heard of Mega Man?

chechak7
chechak7

is sam in bagdad or what ! omg every new FPS game going to be in Arab country or wt?

nitzan_z
nitzan_z

finally a SERIOUS first person shooter

GazaAli
GazaAli

Great! I enjoyed the previous games so I'm sure this will deliver too. Nothing like FPS that let you shoot stuff like crazy

cjsit
cjsit

yes yes yes hell YES!! the only question is - WHEN

rob_dAmAgE
rob_dAmAgE

...this makes me want a new Painkiller game... like..right now!

commander1122
commander1122

serious sam 1 + expansion is still the best serious.....SS2..feel like cartoon......hope SS3 wont be disappointed...

LazyGamerX
LazyGamerX

played the first remake of SS, wasn't that entertaining. You shoot stuff nonstop over and over again, just not enough to keep me entertained.

IVIAR5
IVIAR5

I just had the greatest Idea! Why not have a cross-over Duke Nukem/ Serious Sam game!? the game can be called Nukem Serious, or Serious Nukem, can u imagine the insanity of this co-op multiplayer smack-down!? reminds me of maybe a 1st person Contra-esque badassery or all awesomeness! the one liners will make Ahnold's head spin!

pidow
pidow

Sam was mad, I played one of the games, not bad, my trigger finger got tired.

tx47e
tx47e

haha loved the previous games... killing nonstop and the DM-multiplayer is great

spy2828
spy2828

Hope there is 4 player offline splitscreen, like the previous ones :PPP

Buzduganjr
Buzduganjr

Oh i remember i was playing SS on PC back in the days what a game was that oh man, this SS# will def be my pick for this year !

lipehique
lipehique

Looking foward to this, i really loved the last ones! They have lots of weaponry, cool enemies and fast action... S2

Bhargav_pvs
Bhargav_pvs

Guess.............Sam's up for action one more time............I wonder how it ends!!!!!!

deestinct
deestinct

A prequel??? I was kinda hoping this would be the last one where he'll finish off Mental once and for all....not that I don't like the series, I'm all for it...but It's just getting a bit frustrating finishing 3 games and Mental escapes yet again...kinda pointless in terms of the story...