Starship Troopers Is Being Turned Into An RTS

Starship Troopers Is Being Turned Into An RTS
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Starship Troopers is re-entering your life as a real-time strategy game in 2020 in case it was what’s missing in your life.

The game will see you take the reigns of the Mobile Infantry against the ominous Arachnid threat promising to invade. It’s summed up as “Heroics, explosions, gore, and Bugs. Lots of Bugs” if you needed another reason to be intrigued.

Starship Troopers, the movie based on the novel of the same name, was largely derided by critics when it was released in 1997. It’s since had a resurgence in appreciation with A.V. Club’s Ignatiy Vishnevetsky giving it fifth on the best movies of 1997. He described it as “close as we have to a parody of modern-day jingoism, and yet it still has the gall to be tremendously fun.”

Since then, four more have entered the series with the latest, Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars, being released in 2017.

So, while you wait for the game, go give it a watch (or rewatch) and if you’re brave enough, turn it into a marathon.

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  • I remember enjoying a starship troopers strategy game about 20 years ago. I think it was called Terran Ascendancy?

    I hope this new one is good.

    • Just basing on the gameplay teaser above, I’d take Terran Ascendacy over this.

      That game had many cool ideas:
      – individual unit stats and experience points (making you want to keep units alive through the missions but also need to blood new rookies so you’re not screwed in mission 10 because you effed up mission 9…
      – random generated first and last names for every soldier
      – individual unit supplies (making you have to rotate squads in and out of combat),
      – unit formations, which was really important since it took like 5 marines to take down a charging bug

  • While this could be an awesome and amazing entry to the RTS genre, that trailer does not at all fill me with confidence. Everything was super slow, poor animations, and utterly dull looking.

    Starcraft did it better with the Starship Troopers mod.

    • TD? One of my favourite, most underrated genres? Well, before they had my curiosity but now they have my attention.

  • I’d kill for a new FPS game of starship troopers, but for now i can settle for this.
    Never been into RTS’s perse but im certainly gonna give this one a good go.

        • I don’t think that’s entirely fair. The first Starship Troopers is a legitimately good movie because of its satire. All of the others after that however, absolutely are in the so bad they’re good category.

      • I’ll admit its subtle, but thats why i said “new” starship troopers FPS.
        I played a little of the old one one years ago (can’t get it working on my PC now to try it out again).
        I agree it was kinda bad, but still a fun time imo just because it was starship troopers. Would like to play it again just for that reason, even if it is ‘bad’.

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