News: Namco plans a series re-boot.
Grant City police officer Jack Snow and his crime-fighting canine Shadow return to the video game scene this year with Dead to Rights: Retribution. This PS3 and Xbox 360 action game is being developed by Volatile Games, mature games of Blitz Games Studios, and is being described as a series re-boot.
"Dead to Rights: Retribution represents a full re-boot for the franchise, focusing on the raw intensity of mixed combat while introducing a new mature Neo-Noir storyline that better fits its crime drama roots," said Todd Thorson, director of marketing and public relations for Namco Bandai. "Fans can look forward to a new combat system, built from the ground up to seamlessly mix equal parts high-impact gunplay and brutal multi-opponent bare-knuckle brawling as well as a more integrated play experience between Jack and his partner Shadow as they exact revenge on those that have polluted Grant City and tormented its desperate citizens."
In addition to promising an innovative new hybrid combat system, the game should give players a better perspective into Jack and Shadow's relationship:
Returning to Grant City, a boom town gone bust that is falling to the worst excesses of crime, greed and corruption; Dead to Rights: Retribution follows vice cop Jack Slate as he fights to expose shadowy figures that will stop at nothing to exert their deadly influence over the crumbling metropolis. Dead to Rights: Retribution will form an original story portraying key events that shape and define Jack Slate's character including how he and Shadow first come together as partners against those who would bring the once great city to its knees.
There's no specific release date for either version, but the game is expected to release in 2009. We'll have more information as it develops. In the meantime, check out Dead to Right: Retribution's first ten screenshots.