Posts Tagged ‘Battlezone’

Little Bit Battlezone: Warshift Hits Steam Early Access

When Rebellion dug out the rights to Battlezone, they announced that they were rebooting the wrong Battlezone game – the Atari wireframe FPS rather than splendid ’90s FPS-RTS. They hastily added that they planned a “remaster” of Battlezone ’98, but it sounds like that’ll take ages.

For now, you might be interested in Warshift [official site], which sounds like Battlezone with an action-RPG edge. It’s an RTS where you build bases and armies but can also slip into units to fight on the battlefield yourself, then level up and customise them too. It hit Steam Early Access last night. Have a look:

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Rebellion Are Remastering That Other Battlezone, Too

Rebellion are not content with simply rebooting the old green-and-black Battlezone [official site] from 1980. They’ve put out an open letter to fans of the series today letting them know that they will also be working on a “remaster” of Battlezone 1998. I guess now no one can moan at them for remaking the “wrong” one.

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Tanks, Memories, Etc: Rebellion Bring Back Battlezone

I didn’t know Sniper Elite devs and 2000AD owners Rebellion had the Battlezone [official site] rights these days – seems it’s passed through more hands than a brown envelope at FIFA HQ. Anyway, the olden tank battles game is coming back, back, back for the umpteenth time, now as a VR-focused game based on the original 80s Atari game rather than on Activision’s 90s FPS/RTS mash-up. “The father of VR gaming has returned,” they say. Sadly I can’t see it in gogglevision from the discomfort of this slowly-collapsing Ikea chair, but the trailer tries to give us some sense of what fractal spaceships launching themselves directly at your eyeballs might be like.
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Tanked Up: Bionites And Battlezones

In the first of what certainly won’t be a regular innuendo-strewn column entitled Dan’s Hot Tip, I bring news directly from the Twitter feed of handsomely bearded journo Dan Griliopoulos. Jason Kingsley of Rebellion, the home of Sniper Elite and 2000 AD, discusses the UK developer’s plans for Battlezone. [We] “bought the IP at auction from Atari last year. Have some exciting plans for it and lots of ideas”. The purchase was made last summer and Rebellion picked up Moonbase Commander rights at the same time. The real news though – the part that you can actually touch – is the release of Bionite’s alpha.

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Reopening The Battlezone – Bionite: Origins

At this time of resurrection and rebirth, it seems apt to look at yet another Kickstarter project that aims to roll back both a stone and the years in order to bring glories from the past to walk our digital hallways once more. Bionite: Origins, already two years in the making, is an attempt to revive the play style of Battlezone ’98, a hybrid of first person hovercrafting and strategic base building. I’m sure there are other much-loved properties in need of a successor, spiritual or otherwise, but I reckon by summer, Kickstarter will have them all covered. What makes Bionite a little different to many projects is that funding isn’t being sought to begin development, but to continue it. A working alpha of the game already exists and the beta testing phase is imminent. Video evidence of the team’s work is nestled below.

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No, Not Yet

We rather puzzlingly haven’t written anything else about that game yet. Sorry! But we will, one day. Probably.

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