Rebellion (developer of Sniper Elite, Alien vs Predator, and Evil Genius) announced at on 6/15 that they had acquired the rights to Battlezone. For those not familiar with the series, Battlezone is a VR/Vector based tank warfare game originally developed for arcades by good ol’ Atari back in 1980. Residing in a periscope cabinet, it was one of the earliest forms of 3D gameplay. Players controlled a heavy battle tank with dual joysticks, while peering into the depths of the cabinet.
Battlezone experienced a revival for PC gamers in 1998 when Activision acquired the rights a published their own version of Battlezone. While it kept the 3d tank centric gameplay, it also introduced RTS elements, allowing players to build bases and tanks, and then pilot said tanks against enemy forces. Surprisingly enough, we found that the game still has a following. A community of fans have found and offered the Activision version to perspective players (as abandonware), and maintain download files and a fully functioning forum here, if you would be interested.
Rebellion’s take on Battlezone seems to be much closer to its VR based roots. No mention of base building, at least not at this time. The shapes and lines in the preview screens and trailer (take a gander below, its there, waiting for you..) feature sharp geometric constructs complemented by very Tron-like colors. The overall image thus far is quite appealing.
Still here? Good. Here’s a video for your patience.