Ultrakill (stylized as ULTRAKILL) is a retro first-person shooter developed by Arsi “Hakita” Palata. The video game was released into early access on September 3rd, 2020, with the game becoming a popular subject of memes and fan art in the retro FPS community.
On February 3rd, 2018, Finnish indie video game developer Arsi “Hakita” Palata announced the development of retro first-person shooter ULTRAKILL, posting a first development progress video to YouTube. On September 3rd, 2020, Hakita released the early access version of the game, including its first act, on Steam (trailer shown below).
ULTRAKILL features fast-paced FPS gameplay combining elements of classic and modern shooter games, such a as Quake, with character action games such as Devil May Cry. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic world in which humanity is extinct and Earth is inhabited by machines who run on blood. With the resource becoming scarce, the main protagonist, V1, ventures into hell in search of blood.
Following the early release on Steam, the game received an overwhelmingly positive score (99%) from users with nearly 2,000 votes submitted as of September 16th, 2020.
Through the course of the development and following the release, the game has been a subject of memes online among the retro FPS community (examples shown below). V1, the robotic protagonist of the game, has also been a subject of fan art.
As of September 2020, the official Twitter account for ULTRAKILL had over 9,600 followers.