THQ Nordic promised to share some surprises ahead of E3 2019, and they certainly made good on that promise today with the reveal of the long-awaited Destroy All Humans! remake.
Like many of the recent THQ Nordic announcements, understanding the appeal of this particular project requires a bit of history. First released in 2005, Destroy All Humans! allowed players to control an alien invader in an open-world environment heavily inspired by 50s sci-fi Americana. The game’s sense of humor and style certainly did quite a bit of heavy lifting, but the game itself was actually quite good.
You have developer Pandemic Studios to thank for that. Pandemic Studios was once known as the best source for action-heavy open-world experiences that really felt like they were offering you a true playground to roam around in. Destroy All Humans! is one of the best examples of that, and it still manages to stand pretty tall amongst a legion of copy-and-paste open-world experiences.
While the now-shuttered Pandemic clearly won’t be developing this remake (that honor goes to Black Forest Games), but it’s looking like this remake won’t stray far from the original game’s blueprint. The fact that this is labeled as a remake seems to based more on the upgraded visuals and technology that the game will almost certainly utilize. There’s also a reference to a “much-rumored, never before seen: Lost Mission of Area 42” that will be in the remake, but there’s been no other word on any substantial changes in the game.
The Destroy All Humans! remake is expected to be released in 2020 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. There’s no word on a Nintendo Switch version of the game at this time.
In case you haven’t been keeping track, the other two games that THQ Nordic revealed this week are a remake of SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom and a Diablo-like spin-off of the Darksiders series called Darksiders Genesis.
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