'Commandos' Series Set To Return

Remember the Commandos series? It received rave reviews from fans and critics for its war-film style levels, tricky gameplay and intelligent AI, but the games were discontinued after Strike Force, the 2006 entry in the series.

Well, here's an update for you. The rights to the franchise have recently been purchased by Kalypso Media Group - who have big plans to revive the franchise!

It's good news all round, with plans to revive the franchise in full swing. The company, which owns the Tropico series, plans to remaster the previous games (yes!) as well as starting work on 'completely new games for all platforms', according to director Simon Hellwig.

Yes, he said games - plural - meaning it's a good time to be a fan of the Commandos franchise, even after the 12-year wait for a new game. Kalypso plans to begin by porting the series onto 'modern technologies' before commencing work on the new entry in the franchise.

The team acquired the property from Pyro studios - who had apparently been looking for a way to further the franchise.

It's getting fans excited:

The founder of Pyro Studios, Ignacio Perez, explained that his studio had been 'looking for a suitable partner... for a long time'.

He continued: "Kalypso has great expertise and experience with rebooting well-known titles, and we are delighted to have our IP in such good hands."

While the previous games have flirted between console and PC release, any new releases will be available on all platforms.

Kalypso had previously revived the Tropico franchise after the middling performance of Tropico 2 and took it back to the greatest strengths of the original game, so fans of the Commandos franchise will be hoping for much of the same here.

This is especially relevant seen as the last franchise entry, Strike Force, was criticised for changing into a first-person perspective, attempting to ape the style of games like Call of Duty and Medal of Honour that were beginning to come into vogue at the time.

Either way, hopefully we'll see something new from the world of Commandos soon.

Words by Will Stevenson

Featured Image Credit: Pyro Studios

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.

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