Welcome to Beyond Co-Op, a weekly piece that talks about industry stories that may or may not be related to co-op gaming.
The stories for this week:
- MDK2 HD is coming Soon
- New Counter-Strike Game Officially Announced
- EA Bringing back Alpha Centauri?
- SOL: Exodus Brings back Space Combat Sims
MDK2 HD Is Coming Soon
Classic Interplay 3rd person shooter MDK 2 is coming to the PC with brand new hi resolution graphics. MDK2 HD is being developed by BioWare veterans like Trent Oster, Cameron Tofer, Russ Rice, and Sean Smailesa - all worked on the original iteration of MDK2. It will include a "wide range of gameplay tweaks and reworked audio." Many of the changes and improvements have been based on fan feedback.
MDK2 will be available on BeamDog.com for $14.99 in September.
Valve is bringing out the big guns this year in competitive gaming, launching not only their own version of Defense of the Ancients but now a remake of the classic Half-Life MOD Counter-Strike. Called Counter-Strike: Global Offensive the game has been in development for quite some time with Valve and Hidden Path Entertainment. The game will be fully playable at PAX Prime in a few weeks.
EA Bringing Back Alpha Centauri?
Thanks to the patent and trademark office it seems that EA is thinking about reviving the (cult) classic Alpha Centauri franchise. A game that was similar in style to Sid Meier's Civilization games but with a futuristic twist. While a remake is possible, it could just be a digital release of the classic on EA's Origin storefront.
Remember space combat games? X-Wing, Tie Fighter, Wing Commander? It was a genre that blossomed on PCs in the early 90s but has all but disappeared. Fret not, one company is to bring the genre back in what they hope can be a resurregence of what many on the internet clamor for. Is there a market there? Only time will tell, but for now enjoy the trailer.