Back in 2021, New Blood Interactive said The Black Labyrinth, the prequel to its most excellent Hexen-esque fantasy FPS Amid Evil, would be out—as usual—”Soon™.” Two years later, it actually is going to happen soon: New Blood announced today that the long-awaited expansion will finally go live on August 18.
The Black Labyrinth is a full “expansion pack” for Amid Evil that details the journey to, and trial of, the titular labyrinth. It’s got new levels, new weapons, and “new evil,” including “the keeper of the legendary Axe of the Black Labyrinth.” Kick his ass, snag the axe, and claim the title of Champion!
It’s not the deepest story ever told, but that’s Amid Evil for you (and boomer shooters in general, really). We do know that there’s a new pair of spiked gauntlets in the expansion, and a scythe that “cuts reality,” which sounds pretty wild except when you consider that the game already has a magic staff that grabs random planets from throughout the cosmos, shrinks them to about the size of a basketball, and then fires them like grenades. Compared to that, slicing the fabric of reality is really kinda meh.
For the benefit of anyone who hasn’t yet played Amid Evil, the new trailer might seem a little ridiculous but that’s actually how the game is. It’s overwhelming at times, and I mean that in a good way, but I also found when playing the original that I occasionally had to stop for a while because holy shit, it’s just too much. Am I getting old? Possibly. Am I going to play The Black Labyrinth? Absolutely. Maybe I can’t put it straight into my veins the way I used to, but Amid Evil is a great shooter and if there’s more to be had, I want it.
Amid Evil: The Black Labyrinth is available for wishlisting now on Steam. It is not currently listed on GOG, but Amid Evil is (and is currently on sale for $6, down from $20) and so I expect The Black Labyrinth will end up there too. I’ve reached out to New Blood to confirm, but it’s Friday night so I probably won’t hear anything back for a few days. I’ll update when I do.