Serious Sam 4 Planet Badass is an upcoming first-person shooter developed by Croatian indie game studio Croteam and published by Devolver Digital. It is part of the Serious Sam series and a prequel to Serious Sam 3: BFE. The game was announced in April 2018 and is set for release in August 2020 for Microsoft Windows and Stadia, as well as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2021.

Development of Serious Sam 4 Planet Badass was confirmed on 7 June 2013, when the website Humble Bundle launched a “Humble Weekly Sale” containing several past games from the Serious Sam series to help fund the game. Playtesting for the game’s “jammer” feature—a movable device that could disable objects in a certain radius—the development team devised that this component and further prospective mechanics would better fit a different type of game, which was eventually developed upon and became The Talos Principle. In September 2015, Jonas Kyratzes, the co-writer of The Talos Principle, was announced as the screenwriter for Serious Sam 4, along with his wife, Verena.

Serious Sam 4  was announced under the title Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass on 19 April 2018, during the opening of the Reboot Develop 2018 conference in Croatia, with a teaser trailer. One level was demonstrated behind closed doors at E3 2018 that June. At the time, the game was planned to launch in 2019. On 20 May 2020, Serious Sam 4 was re-announced without the Planet Badass subtitle and with a release window of August 2020 for Microsoft Windows and Stadia. Due to an exclusivity deal with the latter, versions for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were postponed and are planned to launch in early 2021.

Serious Sam 4 Planet Badass Characters

Serious Sam 4 Planet Badass Enemies

It is known so far that Serious Sam 4 will include some old faces, but not all classic ones. It has not yet been confirmed if the game will offer new variations of classic enemies. Most enemies from Serious Sam 3: BFE are also making a return, along with a few enemies from Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope.

Leaked gameplay footage and some screenshots have confirmed that these enemies will be appearing:

  • Adult Arachnoid
  • Aludran Reptiloid
  • Arachnoid
  • Beheaded Firecracker
  • Beheaded Kamikaze
  • Beheaded Rocketeer
  • Belcher
  • Brute Zealot
  • Cloned Soldier (including a new grenade-throwing variant and laser-rifle carrying variant)
  • Gnaar
  • Harvester Mothership
  • Khnum
  • Kleer Skeleton
  • Major Bio-mechanoid
  • Minor Bio-mechanoid
  • Processed
  • Scrapjack
  • Scythian Witch-Harpy
  • Sirian Werebull
  • Space Mummy
  • Technopolip
  • Witch-Bride of Achriman
  • Yet-to-be-named black armored cyborg enemy that uses a shield
  • Yet-to-be-named flying humanoid enemy with a cape
  • Yet-to-be-named gas-mask wearing enemy that has a jet-pack and carries a flamethrower
  • Yet-to-be-named insect-like enemy

Serious Sam 4 Planet Badass Weapons

The confirmed weapons so far are:

  • 12 Gauge Pump-Action Shotgun
  • Auto shotgun
  • Double Barrel Coach Gun
  • M29 Infantry Assault Rifle
  • MK 4 Grenade Launcher
  • RAPTOR Sniper Rifle
  • SBC Cannon
  • SOP38 Pistol
  • XL2 Lasergun
  • XM214-A Minigun
  • XPML26 Rocket Launcher

Serious Sam 4 Planet Badass Vehicles

  • Bulletproof popemobile
  • Combine harvester (confirmed by pre-alpha footage and screenshots)
  • Motorcycle (confirmed by screenshots, pre-alpha footage and teaser trailer)

Serious Sam 4 Planet Badass Gameplay

Sprinting, iron sights and reloading from Serious Sam 3 will all return. Sprinting will be an integral part of the gameplay of all future installments, including Serious Sam 4. It’s also likely that the game will use an updated version of the Serious Engine. According to Croteam developers, gameplay will be a lot more challenging than the previous games, starting from the first level onwards, saying that it will be “full Sam from the beginning”.

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It’s still unknown if the game will offer brand new features or power-ups.

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