Cult classic strategy series Desperados is finally being resurrected. Here’s the debut trailer for Desperados III.
While Desperados III is being published by THQ Nordic, it’s being developed by Mimimi (the studio responsible for the incredible strategy title, Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun). If you’re familiar with Desperados and that studio’s full body of work, you’ll understand why fans of both are so excited.
As far as Desperado’s III goes, it sounds like it won’t vary too much from the original games in terms of premise and gameplay. It follows cowboy John Cooper and his gang of outlaws as they roam the West and do outlaw things. Along the way, they’ll recruit new gang members who bring their own specialties and abilities to the party. THQ Nordic has stated that the title is influenced by the first game in the series (Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive), but this isn’t a remake of that game.
In fact, there are quite a few new features in this title worth getting excited about. The biggest of those features is the introduction of “civil zones” that offer your band of outlaws a kind of safe harbor. In these zones, they are able to wander around and participate in various activities. You’ll even be able to pick up new quests by listening to the problems of NPCs in these areas.
As Rock, Paper, Shotgun points out in their Gamescom 2018 preview of the game, Desperados III actually borrows quite a bit from the Hitman series. Targets can be disposed of in a variety of ways that include setting up environmental kills that make murders look like accidents. It’s all very promising.
Of course, Desperados III isn’t just about taking out single targets. Outside of these areas, you can expect Desperados III to deliver the same kind of squad-based strategy that requires you to navigate various isometric areas in order to complete a variety of objectives (which usually involve taking out a few people who get in your way).
We’re incredibly excited about the return of this franchise and look forward to its release on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 sometime in 2019.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.
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