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'Freedom Fighters' Finally Makes A Comeback After 17 Years

'Freedom Fighters' Finally Makes A Comeback After 17 Years

Freedom Fighters, the third-person shooter developed by IO Interactive, has been re-released for PC, at long last.

When it launched for PC, Xbox, GameCube and PlayStation 2, it told the story of Christopher Stone, a plumber who gets caught in the crossfire of an invasion of New York City. Set in an alternate history, the Soviet Union drops the first atomic bomb on Berlin, thereby ending World War II, and then cultivating communist states all around the world. Encroaching on the United States, the Soviet soldiers seize New York City, and Chris becomes the "Freedom Phantom" who fights to free the city and its people.

Freedom Fighters / Credit: IO Interactive
Freedom Fighters / Credit: IO Interactive

Freedom Fighters was well-received, and publisher Eidos was very interested in continuing Chris' crusade against the KGB, announcing sequel plans in 2004. The sequel was meant to materialise in 2005, but the project never appeared. IO Interactive instead revealed an all-new game - Kane & Lynch: Dead Men - and couldn't comment on the possibility of Freedom Fighters 2.

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Freedom Fighters / Credit: IO Interactive
Freedom Fighters / Credit: IO Interactive

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Then, in 2011, IO Interactive stated that Freedom Fighters 2 was "definitely something a lot of us are interested in doing". Following its split from Square Enix, the studio secured the rights to the IP, as it was published before the acquisition by Eidos.

This re-release isn't the sequel that some have been holding out hope for, but its return has been welcomed with open arms by players. It's available on GOG.com, the Epic Games Store and Steam.

Freedom Fighters / Credit: IO Interactive
Freedom Fighters / Credit: IO Interactive
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Hang on, though. Why hasn't IO Interactive made a new Freedom Fighters, if it's got the rights? Well, it has had its hands full with the development and support of a little game called Hitman 2. It's now moved onto the numerically consistent Hitman 3, which will be the "dramatic conclusion to the World of Assassination trilogy". Its six locations will offer "unrivalled freedom" to the player, and will be a "much darker" take on Agent 47's line of work. In addition, the whole World of Assassination trilogy will be compatible with PlayStation VR when Hitman 3 launches in early 2021.

Lots to look forward to. And, it's not to say that a Freedom Fighters 2 isn't totally out of the question. Here's hoping we don't have to wait another 17 years for it, though.

Featured Image Credit: Freedom Fighters / Credit: IO Interactive

Topics: News, IO Interactive, retro gaming

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