What was the first FPS game that introduced strafing?

As far as I remember it was there in Duke Nukem 3D and Quake, which were my first encounter with PC games.

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    What is FPP? Do you mean FPS?
    – Joachim
    Dec 29, 2021 at 21:50
  • Specifically a character on foot, or are you including vehicular movement?
    – Flater
    Dec 29, 2021 at 23:12
  • @Flater actually, is about the concept of first person perspective and side movement.
    – user44534
    Dec 30, 2021 at 20:35
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    @DanubianSailor: There have been first person views from vehicles, most notably tanks and spaceships.
    – Flater
    Dec 30, 2021 at 22:02

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I did some research, and my guess will be:

Catacomb 3D, a first-person shooter with a dark fantasy setting released in November 1991:

I could try using the keymapper for W and S for cursor up and down, and A and D for the strafe modifier plus left and right cursor, so that they are strafe left and right.

Also from Reddit, another user kinda confirms to be Catacomb 3D.

Gun Buster, a arcade videogame released in August 1992:

Gun Buster control scheme consists of a joystick for movement and strafing and a light gun for aiming and turning.

Catacomb Abyss, a 1992 first person shooter:

It controls with the arrows, with left and right turning rather than strafing. Strafing requires you to hold alt, and fire is ctrl.

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    Bear in mind that Wolfenstein 3D, which also came out in 1992, had the same strafe controls that Catacomb Abyss did
    – Powerlord
    Dec 30, 2021 at 2:25
  • Both were developed by the same people.
    – Greg W
    Dec 30, 2021 at 5:29
  • @Powerlord my bad, totally forgot it. So we need to figure out which was developed first
    – pinckerman
    Dec 30, 2021 at 9:00
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    Wolfenstein 3D appears to be based on Catacombs 3D prototype, since its development officially began on December 15, 1991 (source).
    – pinckerman
    Dec 30, 2021 at 11:18
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    I don't think "I remember strafing in Catacomb 3D" is a great source of authority. It's a random person saying they remember something on Reddit :D Besides, especially when it comes to video games I've misremembered things by mixing up games.
    – Joachim
    Dec 30, 2021 at 13:32

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