News: Get your grappling hooks ready again.
Capcom has announced they will be resurrecting their classic 8-bit franchise, Bionic Commando, on the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 sometime in the near future. The game currently has no release date, but we do know it is being developed by GRIN, a Swedish developer who last worked on the PC version of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2.
The new Bionic Commando will be "inspired" by the 8-bit original, but with a much more modern take on the story of a soldier with a grappling hook for an arm:
Nathan Spencer, a government operative who represents the ultimate fusion of man and machine. After distinguishing himself in a fierce conflict against the Imperials, Spencer is betrayed and falsely imprisoned by the very people he unquestioningly served.
Three years later, on the day he is due to be executed for his supposed crimes, an experimental weapon detonates in Ascension City, unleashing an immensely powerful earthquake coupled with a radiation shockwave that leaves the city in ruins, wiping out its populace. Military intelligence suggests that a large terrorist search force has moved in and occupied Ascension City, but as yet their motives remain unclear. With the terrain in ruins and the terrorists in control of Ascension City's air defences the FSA has only one option open to them ? the reactivation of Nathan Spencer.
Bionic Commando harnesses the power of the latest generation of hardware to fully exploit the swing mechanic that made the original title so unique. The ruins of Ascension City and its surroundings provide an engaging environment of towering buildings, suspended roadways and monorails, deep canyons and sheer rock faces that allow gamers to traverse each area via multiple routes using swinging, rappeling, climbing and wall-walking techniques.
An expertly trained operative, Spencer is able to target and take out enemies while hanging upside down, climbing a building or even in mid-swing. At close quarters, the bionic arm packs a mean punch, while from a distance, objects such as boulders and cars can be grabbed and launched at enemies.
We also know that Spencer will be voiced by Mike Patton, the former lead singer of Faith No More.
Aside from that, there's not much else to tell about Bionic Commando. But if you want to see a few bits of concept art, point your browser to the official site at BionicCommando.com