When it comes to colourful cone avoidance simulators, it's hard to top Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines. The real-time tactics game spawned several solid sequels, until petering out in 2006 with Strike Force, an FPS of all things. But it looks like the series is poised for a comeback, with Tropico dev Kalypso snapping up the rights.
The acquisition from owner Pyro Studios was announced on Thursday and gives Kalypso the rights not only to the current archive of Commandos games, but "future releases" too.
While there was no mention of a new game — no great surprise — there's a quote from Kalypso's Global Managing Director Simon Hellwig on the possibility of "extensive adaptation" of Pyro's existing titles:
"...we see it as our responsibility to want to revive and further develop these beloved games for the fans around the world. Of course, this will include the development of a completely new games for all platforms, but also an extensive adaptation of the existing titles for contemporary technologies and platforms. We’re incredibly excited about the opportunities, and will begin speaking to potential development studios in the near future.
So, while it might be some time before we get a new take on Commandos, Kalypso is keen to update the old games for modern systems. Sounds good to me!