Firebase Short Film Is A Gripping, Gory, Sci-Fi Thrill Ride
Oats Studios - Firebase
(Last Updated On: June 30, 2017)

Neill Blomkamp’s Rakka really set the standard for the quality of short films made available on Steam. The follow-up, entitled Firebase, is the next entry in the Oats Studios Volume 1 series. It’s a lot gorier than Rakka but equally as badass.

The near half-hour short is better than most sci-fi thrillers and action flicks that have come out in recent times. The short is one of the coolest things you’ll see today, and it’s the thing that most game development studios wish they could come up with.

The 30 minutes short from Neill Blomkamp ramps up big time and then cuts off just as it’s about to get godly.

The first volume of Oats Studio’s short films will be free, and they’ve been slowly rolled out over on the Steam store.

You can stream the shorts or if you want to help support Oats you can buy the DLC assets.

What you do with the assets is up to you, but how cool would it be to see the Rivergod in various other games and projects like Garry’s Mod or used in SFM? Ehh… then again, scratch the SFM thing. If Five Nights at Freddy’s is anything to go by, you probably wouldn’t want to see what people use the Rivergod for in their Source Filmmaker projects.

Oats - The River God

Anyway, I’m looking forward to the rest of the volumes, and it’s sad that the only good sci-fi thrillers we get are from short films on Steam.

For crying out loud why couldn’t both Fireteam and Rakka get full funding to become full films? I would so pay to see them. It feels like most of the crap we get in theaters these days is unimaginative, boring and completely trite. Heck, hire Blomkamp to do the next Predator flick; get this guy on the next Aliens movie pronto, and also let him have a crack at Aliens vs Predator. We might finally get some decent movies out of all three franchises. But I digress.

If you haven’t already check it out, you can do so by watching the video above or streaming it through the Steam client.


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  • Dave The Sandman

    I really like both the shorts OATS has put out so far. The second one is really interesting as there is so much milage in an unusual idea like a Vietnam War set sci-fi / horror. Vietnam, and also WW1, are such fertile grounds….cant understand why more sci-fi and horror films havent been set in them, as ones that have like Deathwatch and R-Point have been excellent.
    This is one of my favorite WW2 diesel punk shorts – Project Arbiter. Imagine if this had a big budget thrown at it….
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MWQHBsalOM

    • Oh man, someone who has actually seen R-Point! I hated how there was nothing that they could actually do against the otherworldly menace, but the main character dude was pretty darn badass. It was a cool flick no doubt.

      Deathwatch was pretty decent as well. Andy Serkis absolutely stole the show in that one.

      • Dave The Sandman

        I love R-Point…..had me rewinding to go look at the photo, try to sport the clues as to which one of the men is the “ghost” in the photo….great flick. GP506 / The Guard Post is another great Korean horror flick on the same theme.
        Deathwatch is a great flick as well….shame the budget ran out and they didnt have the money for the big CGI ending with Andy Serkis tho.

        • Haven’t seen GP506. I’ll add that to the watchlist.

          I checked the IMDB profile and I seem to have rated it a ‘5’ but I’m pretty sure I haven’t seen this movie. lol, I must have got it confused with something else.

          Okay, yeah looks like I mis-rated it based on the movie The Bunker. Now that was a rare flick where the Germans were the good guys (sort of).

          • Dave The Sandman

            Ah The Bunker….another great war/horror crossover…..and very like Deathwatch. Loads of cool atmosphere, great build up, well written, great characters and sod all jump scares.
            Yeah GP506 is a good flick, well worth watching, and a cool sort of twist at the end which was a surprise. Pretty much the same cast as R-Point…..not unusual for Korean cinema.
            Vietnam and WW2 are really unexplored countries when it comes to horror. Imagine “Apocalypse Now” given a horror spin with Kurtz as a mad scientist or rogue CIA specialist with zombie making bio weapons, or given a coat of “Dog Soldiers” and having Kurtz run some sort of jungle bound werewolf or blood sucker death cult.
            Its just a damn shame that when you do get a war/horror crossover they are usually woefully underfunded and suffer a bit as a result (like Deathwatch which couldn’t afford the special effects it needed in post production) or just shitty Asylum crapfests.
            Outpost is another one of my horror/war faves as well……but then anything with Ray Stevenson in it is good by me, and you can’t beat undead phase shifting Nazis when it comes to best villains.
            To me if they want to reboot Hellboy then instead do “BPRD: The War Years” sort of thing full of diesel punk lovliness like the start of Hellboy 1

          • omg, Outpost is one of my absolute favorites. A bunch of badass mercs against temporal reality-bending Nazis? Heck yeah.

            I wasn’t really sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. I hear the second and third Outpost movies suck balls, so I haven’t bothered watching them.

            You’re right that the Vietnam, Korean War and WWI are highly under-utilized themes for horror/thrillers. I always felt Vietnam was the scarier setting just because of the way the atmosphere is, and there’s something really foreboding about the jungle canopy and the sort of ancient civilization vibes emanating from the region, sort of like how the barren west was portrayed in the movie Bone Tomahawk. Kurt Russell was still ever the badass in that one.

            But yeah, it boggles my mind how Hollywood is so stingy with budgets for cool original flicks but they just keep on dumping $100 mil into Will Ferrell movies or Michael Bay films.

          • omg, Outpost is one of my absolute favorites. A bunch of badass mercs against temporal reality-bending Nazis? Heck yeah.

            I wasn’t really sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. I hear the second and third Outpost movies suck balls, so I haven’t bothered watching them.

            You’re right that the Vietnam, Korean War and WWI are highly under-utilized themes for horror/thrillers. I always felt Vietnam was the scarier setting just because of the way the atmosphere is, and there’s something really foreboding about the jungle canopy and the sort of ancient civilization vibes emanating from the region, sort of like how the barren west was portrayed in the movie Bone Tomahawk. Kurt Russell was still ever the badass in that one.

            But yeah, it boggles my mind how Hollywood is so stingy with budgets for cool original flicks but they just keep on dumping $100 mil into Will Ferrell movies or Michael Bay films.

          • Dave The Sandman

            Maaaate….. Outpost! Yes! Outpost 2 …. well not quite as good, but still worth a watch as it does tie some loose ends up. Then there is the abortion that is Outpost 3. Avoid. Utter crap.
            You are right about the “jungle vibe” as well. Lived and worked out in SE Asia for 15 years, and spent a fair amount of time clambering around temples and ruins out in the jungles. There is definitely a creepy vibe about some of them, the less well visited places out in the boonies, and Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam are dotted with them all over, as well as old abandoned factories, houses and plantations, etc.
            You also touched on another “undiscovered country” for horror – the full on gothic western like Bone Tomahawk. Ive been waiting for them to adapt Cormac McCarthy’s book ‘Blood Meridian’ for years…..ah well.
            The best next thing I suppose is games. If they cant make a flick then a good quality PC game is the next best thing. Shame I cant play first person shooters (I get ‘doom sick’) because the new Apocalypse Now Vietnam game looks amazing, and could be given a horror sheen so easily.

          • omg, Outpost is one of my absolute favorites. A bunch of badass mercs against temporal reality-bending Nazis? Heck yeah.

            I wasn’t really sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. I hear the second and third Outpost movies suck balls, so I haven’t bothered watching them.

            You’re right that the Vietnam, Korean War and WWI are highly under-utilized themes for horror/thrillers. I always felt Vietnam was the scarier setting just because of the way the atmosphere is, and there’s something really foreboding about the jungle canopy and the sort of ancient civilization vibes emanating from the region, sort of like how the barren west was portrayed in the movie Bone Tomahawk. Kurt Russell was still ever the badass in that one.

            But yeah, it boggles my mind how Hollywood is so stingy with budgets for cool original flicks but they just keep on dumping $100 mil into Will Ferrell movies or Michael Bay films.

          • omg, Outpost is one of my absolute favorites. A bunch of badass mercs against temporal reality-bending Nazis? Heck yeah.

            I wasn’t really sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. I hear the second and third Outpost movies suck balls, so I haven’t bothered watching them.

            You’re right that the Vietnam, Korean War and WWI are highly under-utilized themes for horror/thrillers. I always felt Vietnam was the scarier setting just because of the way the atmosphere is, and there’s something really foreboding about the jungle canopy and the sort of ancient civilization vibes emanating from the region, sort of like how the barren west was portrayed in the movie Bone Tomahawk. Kurt Russell was still ever the badass in that one.

            But yeah, it boggles my mind how Hollywood is so stingy with budgets for cool original flicks but they just keep on dumping $100 mil into Will Ferrell movies or Michael Bay films.

          • omg, Outpost is one of my absolute favorites. A bunch of badass mercs against temporal reality-bending Nazis? Heck yeah.

            I wasn’t really sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. I hear the second and third Outpost movies suck balls, so I haven’t bothered watching them.

            You’re right that the Vietnam, Korean War and WWI are highly under-utilized themes for horror/thrillers. I always felt Vietnam was the scarier setting just because of the way the atmosphere is, and there’s something really foreboding about the jungle canopy and the sort of ancient civilization vibes emanating from the region, sort of like how the barren west was portrayed in the movie Bone Tomahawk. Kurt Russell was still ever the badass in that one.

            But yeah, it boggles my mind how Hollywood is so stingy with budgets for cool original flicks but they just keep on dumping $100 mil into Will Ferrell movies or Michael Bay films.

          • omg, Outpost is one of my absolute favorites. A bunch of badass mercs against temporal reality-bending Nazis? Heck yeah.

            I wasn’t really sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. I hear the second and third Outpost movies suck balls, so I haven’t bothered watching them.

            You’re right that the Vietnam, Korean War and WWI are highly under-utilized themes for horror/thrillers. I always felt Vietnam was the scarier setting just because of the way the atmosphere is, and there’s something really foreboding about the jungle canopy and the sort of ancient civilization vibes emanating from the region, sort of like how the barren west was portrayed in the movie Bone Tomahawk. Kurt Russell was still ever the badass in that one.

            But yeah, it boggles my mind how Hollywood is so stingy with budgets for cool original flicks but they just keep on dumping $100 mil into Will Ferrell movies or Michael Bay films.

          • Dave The Sandman

            Ah The Bunker….another great war/horror crossover…..and very like Deathwatch. Loads of cool atmosphere, great build up, well written, great characters and sod all jump scares.
            Yeah GP506 is a good flick, well worth watching, and a cool sort of twist at the end which was a surprise. Pretty much the same cast as R-Point…..not unusual for Korean cinema.
            Vietnam and WW2 are really unexplored countries when it comes to horror. Imagine “Apocalypse Now” given a horror spin with Kurtz as a mad scientist or rogue CIA specialist with zombie making bio weapons, or given a coat of “Dog Soldiers” and having Kurtz run some sort of jungle bound werewolf or blood sucker death cult.
            Its just a damn shame that when you do get a war/horror crossover they are usually woefully underfunded and suffer a bit as a result (like Deathwatch which couldn’t afford the special effects it needed in post production) or just shitty Asylum crapfests.
            Outpost is another one of my horror/war faves as well……but then anything with Ray Stevenson in it is good by me, and you can’t beat undead phase shifting Nazis when it comes to best villains.
            To me if they want to reboot Hellboy then instead do “BPRD: The War Years” sort of thing full of diesel punk lovliness like the start of Hellboy 1

          • Dave The Sandman

            Ah The Bunker….another great war/horror crossover…..and very like Deathwatch. Loads of cool atmosphere, great build up, well written, great characters and sod all jump scares.
            Yeah GP506 is a good flick, well worth watching, and a cool sort of twist at the end which was a surprise. Pretty much the same cast as R-Point…..not unusual for Korean cinema.
            Vietnam and WW2 are really unexplored countries when it comes to horror. Imagine “Apocalypse Now” given a horror spin with Kurtz as a mad scientist or rogue CIA specialist with zombie making bio weapons, or given a coat of “Dog Soldiers” and having Kurtz run some sort of jungle bound werewolf or blood sucker death cult.
            Its just a damn shame that when you do get a war/horror crossover they are usually woefully underfunded and suffer a bit as a result (like Deathwatch which couldn’t afford the special effects it needed in post production) or just shitty Asylum crapfests.
            Outpost is another one of my horror/war faves as well……but then anything with Ray Stevenson in it is good by me, and you can’t beat undead phase shifting Nazis when it comes to best villains.
            To me if they want to reboot Hellboy then instead do “BPRD: The War Years” sort of thing full of diesel punk lovliness like the start of Hellboy 1

          • Dave The Sandman

            Ah The Bunker….another great war/horror crossover…..and very like Deathwatch. Loads of cool atmosphere, great build up, well written, great characters and sod all jump scares.
            Yeah GP506 is a good flick, well worth watching, and a cool sort of twist at the end which was a surprise. Pretty much the same cast as R-Point…..not unusual for Korean cinema.
            Vietnam and WW2 are really unexplored countries when it comes to horror. Imagine “Apocalypse Now” given a horror spin with Kurtz as a mad scientist or rogue CIA specialist with zombie making bio weapons, or given a coat of “Dog Soldiers” and having Kurtz run some sort of jungle bound werewolf or blood sucker death cult.
            Its just a damn shame that when you do get a war/horror crossover they are usually woefully underfunded and suffer a bit as a result (like Deathwatch which couldn’t afford the special effects it needed in post production) or just shitty Asylum crapfests.
            Outpost is another one of my horror/war faves as well……but then anything with Ray Stevenson in it is good by me, and you can’t beat undead phase shifting Nazis when it comes to best villains.
            To me if they want to reboot Hellboy then instead do “BPRD: The War Years” sort of thing full of diesel punk lovliness like the start of Hellboy 1

          • Dave The Sandman

            Ah The Bunker….another great war/horror crossover…..and very like Deathwatch. Loads of cool atmosphere, great build up, well written, great characters and sod all jump scares.
            Yeah GP506 is a good flick, well worth watching, and a cool sort of twist at the end which was a surprise. Pretty much the same cast as R-Point…..not unusual for Korean cinema.
            Vietnam and WW2 are really unexplored countries when it comes to horror. Imagine “Apocalypse Now” given a horror spin with Kurtz as a mad scientist or rogue CIA specialist with zombie making bio weapons, or given a coat of “Dog Soldiers” and having Kurtz run some sort of jungle bound werewolf or blood sucker death cult.
            Its just a damn shame that when you do get a war/horror crossover they are usually woefully underfunded and suffer a bit as a result (like Deathwatch which couldn’t afford the special effects it needed in post production) or just shitty Asylum crapfests.
            Outpost is another one of my horror/war faves as well……but then anything with Ray Stevenson in it is good by me, and you can’t beat undead phase shifting Nazis when it comes to best villains.
            To me if they want to reboot Hellboy then instead do “BPRD: The War Years” sort of thing full of diesel punk lovliness like the start of Hellboy 1