Survival RTS Starship Troopers: Terran Command Announced
If Starship Troopers is one of your favourite classic Sci-Fi films, we won’t blame you. That’s why it is exciting to see Starship Troopers: Terran Command getting announced by Slitherine in collaboration with Sony Pictures Consumer Products. The game is RTS based on the classic 1997 film coming to PC in 2020.
Director Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers, based on Robert A. Heinlein’s sci-fi novel of the same name, is being adapted as a real-time strategy game for PC. Titled Starship Troopers – Terran Command, the RTS promises a mix of classic real-time mechanics, tower defense, and tactical unit deployment, according to publisher Slitherine.
Starship Troopers – Terran Command is in development at The Artistocrats, the Belgian studio behind the Order of Battle series and Commander: The Great War. According to an official announcement from Slitherine, The Artistocrats studio owner and lead designer Lukas Nijsten has been working on Starship Troopers – Terran Command for more than two years in anticipation of a 2020 release.
Are you a fan of the original film and are you interested in Starship Troopers: Terran Command from Slitherine and Sony Pictures Consumer Products? Check out the trailer below.
Starship Troopers – Terran Command is set in the same universe established by the 1997 film. The strategy game will send players to a human colony overrun by Arachnids, the alien insectoid race that attacks in massive swarms. Players, as the Mobile Infantry, will have to take advantage of choke points and elevation to fend off the Arachnid threat.
Here’s a brief look at gameplay:
The game promises dynamically generated campaigns, and a campaign mode where the storyline and missions will develop according to your choices and how well you do on the battlefield. Remain obedient to the fascist Terran Command to benefit from fancy unit types and special abilities, or follow your own path to glory.
A description of the game reads:
Set in the same universe of the original movie, “Starship Troopers – Terran Command” drops players right at the heart of a human colony overrun by the Arachnids. They must take the fight into bug territory, where they will lead an army of elite soldiers to defeat the alien menace. They will deploy their units in strategic locations to cover vital choke-points, build defence emplacements, and achieve superior firepower through the tactical use of elevation levels.
The game is a classic RTS experience mixed with Tower Defence and more. Iain McNeil, Development Director at Slitherine, explains that:
If you take one of the most iconic movies from the 90s and shape it into a strategy game of survival, that mixes classic real-time mechanics, tower defense and tactical deployment of units then you have Starship Troopers – Terran Command’ in a nutshell. Modern strategy games are fast-paced and they successfully blend unit management, survival and captivating storytelling. Nothing is more suited to this type of gameplay than the Starship Troopers universe, where there is a continuous sense of danger and uncertainty.
Published by Slitherine, Starship Troopers – Terran Command is being developed by the relatively unknown The Aristocrats. They’re chiefly known for the Order of Battle series, a fairly niche turn-based strategy franchise which nevertheless seems to have got a positive reception on Steam.
Starship Troopers – Terran Command is due to come to PC at some point in 2020.