Fans of Robocop may not have any new movies to look forward to at the moment, but game publisher NACON and MGM have just announced a new video is coming based on the original Robocop trilogy of movies. Robocop: Rogue City will be a first-person shooter which will take players through the story as they take on the role of Alex Murphy. While there is little else known about the game, it is currently aiming for a 2023 release across multiple platforms. The teaser launched with the announcement at least gives very brief tease of what can be expected with a very shiny, gun-packed robotic leg being the only glimpse of our hero.
Become the iconic hero whose part man, part machine, all cop, as you attempt to bring justice to the dangerous, crime-ridden streets of Old Detroit in RoboCop: Rogue City. @RoboCopRC is coming in 2023 to consoles and PC!", the post read, exciting fans at the prospect of being able to be Robocop himself. The game is being developed by Teyon, who are already well-known for their 2019 release of Terminator: Resistance, and while that game had its fans, it only managed a 60 average score on PC. They also released an updated version on PS5, but it did not fare any better. They will probably be hoping for a better reception for their latest movie property when the game arrives in a couple of years.
"We're delighted to be teaming up with MGM to offer a new vision of a popular franchise that was created over 30 years ago," said NACON CEO Alain Falc. "This game is the perfect fit to pursue our aim of offering different gaming experiences to the widest possible audience."
"We're very much looking forward to collaborating with NACON and Teyon to bring one of MGM's most timeless I.P.'s back to gaming platforms with a brand-new story," said MGM's Robert Marick, Executive Vice President Global Consumer Products and Experiences. "The film is known for gripping action and complex storytelling, and we are excited for RoboCop fans to experience this first hand through the game."
While this isn't the first time Robocop has been developed as a game, it is the first one since games have been big business in terms of movie-like graphics and open world gameplay. For retro gamers, there have been several console games based on the original three movies for the likes of the Mega Drive and SNES, if you like playing your action hero as a platform-bound character made up of around twelve pixels. A first person shooter released in 2003 was the last attempt to bring the android law enforcer to various platforms including Xbox and PS2, but with ratings barely scraping 40% it was hardly a ringing endorsement and seemingly killed off any further attempts to bring a decent game based on the franchise to the market for almost 20 years.
We will have to wait and see how this version of Robocop goes down with players when it finally arrives in 2023, with many hoping that lessons will be learned from the failed attempts of the past.