RoboCop: Rogue City was announced at Nacon Connect, with a short teaser trailer to tell you that the game will release for console and PC in 2023.
For now there’s just a little bit of blurb to go on, as you will step into the metal boots of the iconic 80s B-movie character once more. Here’s what Teyon has to say:
Become the iconic part man, part machine, all cop hero as you attempt to bring justice to the dangerous, crime-ridden streets of Old Detroit. Armed with your trusty Auto-9, factory-built strength, years of experience on the force and a variety of tools at your disposal, you will fight forces seeking to destroy the city you call home in an all new first-person, explosive hunt for the truth. You have the power to decide how to fulfil prime directives in your own way, but as the story unfolds proceed with caution because corruption and greed know no limits.
There’s not much more to go on than that, but the game is a good 18-24 months away. That should give you more than enough time to go back and watch the RoboCop film franchise. Set in a dystopian future where Detroit hands over control of the police force to mega-corporation OCP, RoboCop is created when officer Alex Murphy is left on the brink of death after being captured and tortured by a gang. He’s brought back as RoboCop, with the first film seeing how he regains his repressed memories and overcomes murderous corruption and street-level violence. All in all, it’s a great slice of hyper-violent 80s action, with two not-so-great sequels in the early 90s and an attempt to reboot the franchise in 2014.
RoboCop: Rogue City is in development by Teyon, the studio behind games like Terminator: Resistance and Monster Truck Championship. I’m going to assume that it’s the former that will give us more of an indication of what to expect from patrolling the streets of Old Detroit.
When Terminator: Resistance released at the end of 2019, it was in a rather sorry state. In our Terminator: Resistance review, Dom wrote:
“Turning the Terminator franchise into an enjoyable game experience should be doable, but not on the budget Teyon have tried to do it on. Last-gen issues make this a time traveller that nobody wanted to come back.”
However, Teyon stuck with the game, releasing a significant patch to improve the AI for the AI constructs in the game, and there was also Terminator: Resistance Enhanced for the new generation of consoles.