RoboCop: Rogue City has returned during Nacon Connect 2022, with the publisher and developer Teyon following up on the 2021 announcement with a gameplay reveal and release window confirmation. RoboCop: Rogue City is coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC in June 2023. A Switch release is also planned, but we’ll see if it’s on console or cloud-based.
A true 80s icon, you get to play as RoboCop, police officer Alex Murphy who’s brought back from the brink of death after being captured and tortured by a street gang, the mega-corp OCP turning him into a cyborg law enforcer. As in the films, RoboCop in the game is armed with the trusty Auto-9 sidearm, the strength of an industrial power house, and years of experience.
This is a first person shooter, as you face off against forces that would rather destroy the city, but you’re also not a robot. Just as the films depict RoboCop breaking through his programming to rediscover his humanity, the game will let you decide how to fulfil your prime directives in given situations. The action looks pretty intense, especially the fighting against the ED-209, while the implication in the narrative elements is that RoboCop’s gone a little bit off book in his handling of justice.
RoboCop: Rogue City is in development by Teyon, the studio behind games like Terminator: Resistance and Monster Truck Championship. It seems they’ve got a bit of a thing for 80s franchises with big robotic characters in them, doesn’t it?
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, they sought to turn it around to a certain extent with a significant patch to improve the AI in the game, and there was also Terminator: Resistance Enhanced for the new generation of consoles and Annihilation Line DLC. Then again, that might not move the needle all that much. In our DLC review, we wrote: “Annihilation Line is a good DLC expansion, but will do nothing to change your mind about Terminator: Resistance. If you enjoyed the setting and the gunplay then there is more here to get stuck into, but there is no deviation from the core gameplay to be found. Not quite ‘I’ll be back’, but neither is it ‘Hasta la Vista’.”