Serious Sam 4 Nails Down Release Window, Announces Limited PC and Stadia Exclusivity

Serious Sam 4 Nails Down Release Window, Announces Limited PC and Stadia Exclusivity

Croteam's over-the-top FPS will come to Google's streaming platform before it hits consoles.

Serious Sam, Croteam's series of absurdly silly shooters, is coming back soon. The developer and its publisher, Devolver Digital, announced today that Serious Sam 4 will come to PC and Stadia in August. Those will also be the only places to play Serious Sam 4 for the time being, as it won't come to Xbox One or PS4 until 2021.

Devolver and Croteam released a new trailer today, along with some short looks at the finer points of Serious Sam 4's design and gameplay. All the things you'd hope for in a Serious Sam game are on display: big guns, bright environments, hordes of ridiculous enemies in all shapes and sizes. The Serious Sam games are always a lot to take in.

As for that timed Stadia exclusive arrangement, other details remain sparse. Devolver has confirmed to Kotaku that Serious Sam 4 will come to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 sometime next year "after its period of exclusivity is over," but there's no word on whether that'll be earlier in 2021 or perhaps, as is often the case with exclusivity arrangements, a full year after launch.

Landing Serious Sam 4 is a bit of a win for Stadia. Google's game streaming service has largely been lacking in brand-new releases, let alone exclusives, since the service launched late last year.

This arrangement does push Serious Sam 4's releases on current-gen consoles out past the planned launches of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, but if Croteam's claims about its tech advancements hold up, it should be a sight to see on any hardware that can run it. In one of the handful of behind-the-scenes videos released today, Croteam Graphics Engineer Dean Sekulić says that Serious Sam 4's Legion system can render "hundreds of thousands of enemies on screen." Maybe Google hopes that hordes of players will descend upon Stadia to see Serious Sam 4 in action?

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Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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