Soldat dev’s Butcher adds easy mode, only if you want

Soldat studio Transhuman Design advertised their new run ‘n’ gun platformer Butcher [official site] with the tagline “The easiest mode is ‘HARD’!” It’s pretty hard, y’see. But if you fancy shotguns and saw traps and squishing machines and helicopters and hordes of enemies without bashing your face into a difficulty wall, you can now download a free DLC pack which adds a ‘Casual’ mode. Well it’d be false advertising if they added it to the base game, wouldn’t it?

The ‘W.I.M.P.’ adds a new difficulty level where players have more health, receive more pick-ups, and so on. It’s easier, right?

The DLC is now live on Steam. I assume it’s headed to the GOG release too, though GOG can be tardier.

I do sort of like this being added in free DLC. It’s more trouble for those who want easier pixelsplatter, sure, but at least the easily-offended never need even see the easy mode listed in their game and won’t end up dribbling on about gitting gud.

If you’ve not played Butcher at all, you can still play the free 2015 prototype in your browser. Having visited that link to check it’s still up, I’ve found myself playing again and oh gosh I’d forgotten even birds are horrible bastards in it.


  1. mechavolt says:

    Man, I remember playing Soldat in college. I used to think I was pretty good at it (I wasn’t, just better than my friends). This looks awesome and definitely brings back some nostalgia, but I’m positive I’d be rubbish at it.

  2. Ericusson says:

    Giving options two different players types is always a good thing for a game to be appreciated.

  3. wcq says:

    Great! Now if only I could tell what the heck is going on in this game, what with the muddy dark colours and the absurdly low resolution…

  4. JustAchaP says:

    Be cool if Soldat was on Steam.

  5. Jmnea says:

    I was part of one of the best “realistic survival” clans in Soldat at the time, when I was like 16, not that that’s saying much. Called :[DS]:

    Good times.