In 2000 AD’s fortieth year, Rebellion Developments announces Rogue Trooper Redux.
2000 AD isn’t all about Judge Dredd, you know. Yes, the helmet-wearing lawman is their most famous work – not least thanks to the bizarre Sylvester Stallone adaptation that, while he made a perfect Dredd, wasn’t really a 2000 AD story – but they have a lot more properties in their 40-year history. Some of them work well and have stood the test of time, while others have drifted in and out with nary a whimper, but very few have made the transition into gaming.
Specifically, there’s two: the first is 2003’s Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death; the second is Rogue Trooper, from 2006.
Both Dredd vs. Death – one of the most iconic storylines from the comic books – and Rogue Trooper were developed by Oxford’s Rebellion Developments (who were also responsible for the Sniper Elite series and Sega’s Alien vs. Predator reboot). It seems only right that a British developer should be responsible for adapting 2000 AD’s work, particularly grim and distinctively British in the comic book world.
However Rebellion have opened up their access to 2000 AD properties to other developers, with UK developer TickTock working on a new version of one of Rebellion’s earlier games, Rogue Trooper Redux.
We don’t know much about Rogue Trooper Redux yet, like whether it’s a texture tweaking visual touch-up or a full-on remaster, or even when it’s going to be released. What we do know, based on the teaser trailer above, is that it will be coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One and interestingly, Nintendo Switch.
Seeing a gritty, ultra-violent title like Rogue Trooper Redux slated for a Nintendo Switch release – even if we don’t know when that will be – certainly informs the impression that the Nintendo Switch won’t be so heavily-saddled with the ‘kiddies console’ label as its forebears.