Aspyr raises <i>Shield</i>

Missing-and-presumed-dead actioner based on critically acclaimed--and unapologetically brutal--FX series gets second life; due on PCs, PS2s this winter.

In March 2004, a game version of the gritty police television drama The Shield was announced by Sammy Studios, the American division of Japanese game publisher Sammy. However, following Sammy Studios' transformation into High Moon Studios (now owned by Vivendi), the game has been missing and presumed canceled.

"Is there a problem, officer?"

Recently, though, that changed. Over the weekend, Apsyr Media has announced it has signed an exclusive agreement with 20th Century Fox to publish The Shield. The game is now set for release this coming winter for the PC and PlayStation 2, and is still being developed by Point of View (World Championship Poker, the NARC remake).

The Shield debuted on the FX Network in 2002, and follows hard-boiled and corrupt Los Angeles police detective Vic Mackey, played by Michael Chiklis (pictured), who won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for the role. Vic is the leader of the Strike Team, a controversial antigang police division based in the fictional Farmington area of LA. Over the course of five seasons, the team has navigated Los Angeles' underworld, engaging serial killers, Armenian mobsters, race riots, gang wars, and policemen even more corrupt than themselves. A sixth and final season is slated to debut on FX in early 2007.

The Shield game will be a third-person action number that Aspyr describes as a "knockdown, drag-em-out brawler." Storywise, not much has been revealed so far, although it seems likely that the story will feature the same shades-of-gray morality and rough-and-tumble justice as the TV series. Gameplay will involve some of the traditional aspects of inner-city police work, including busting crack dens, foiling bank robberies, and arresting gang members.

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number1bullit
number1bullit

The shield is a great tv series but I'm hopeing that the video game isn't a let down. So noone can say its a bad game until they played it and gamers can rate it.

_Sam_
_Sam_

there haven't been many great games based off TV shows, so I don't think this will be good

Sheiko
Sheiko

Reverse GTA's theory and have the Cops beat down all the crooks... and still make tons of money, run people over,.... women etc etc. Too bad its not Take Two.

ivan_the_one
ivan_the_one

is it me or does he look like the guy from ghosthunters....?

MrPlimpton
MrPlimpton

On first impressions this game has all the makings of being another bargin bin action shooter. *On a side note* As far as I remember I thought I heard somewhere that this next sixth season is not the next season at all, but a continuation of the fifth, and a sixth and final season will be made next year. But don't quote me on that.

WolfSkill5544
WolfSkill5544

The tv show is awesome, but I have my doubts about the game.

weedo3
weedo3

Man, I love this show. Poor Lem.

AnubanUT2
AnubanUT2

Bah ... another crappy game based on a TV show. Please stop.

Chironex
Chironex

As much as I love the show (and I really REALLY love the show), I don't really have all that high hopes for the game. Of course if the storyline is written by Shaun Ryan or any of the other writers on the show I probably will pick it up; those guys know how to write an incredible script. Please let this game live up to it's source material! Also, I wonder if cat strangulation will have any part in the game...

GeigerdolylWodd
GeigerdolylWodd

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Ace_Gunner
Ace_Gunner

"WTF? Who is, at this point, STILL starting to develop games for PS2?! I mean that system was obsolete already two years ago! Oh well, it's a budget thing, I guess." Well since it's slated to come out this winter I doubt they've only just started development. It was probably still in development all that time we thought it was canceled.

TryMe01
TryMe01

it sure does take a long time to get a project of the ground...

necrophilissimo
necrophilissimo

WTF? Who is, at this point, STILL starting to develop games for PS2?! I mean that system was obsolete already two years ago! Oh well, it's a budget thing, I guess.

anime_boi
anime_boi

Apparently you, Rhubarb9, have forgotten the gems that are SPIDERMAN, KING KONG, and BACK TO THE FUTURE. ... Okay, scratch that last one.

Rhubarb9
Rhubarb9

well we all know exactly how great licensed games get ;]

vaejas
vaejas

Meh, I liked The Commish better. Turn THAT into an adventure game whydoncha.

bobbysbits
bobbysbits

this kinda came outta nowhere. anyway, it's a good idea, 'cause the show is pretty awesome.

rbarahona
rbarahona

I hope that they can make some good use of this license. The TV show is very good and it has a lot of potential.

wrightway
wrightway

I'll pick it up if I can play at Dutch....

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

awww... the Shield ain't looking too bright.

Vamp_Punk
Vamp_Punk

Yahoo! I love this show and now even more since I just picked up the first season. Please don't make it suck.

WESLY_SNYPES
WESLY_SNYPES

The best damn cop show on television. Period. CSI and Law and Order be damned! It would be good on the PC though I wish it was coming to the next-gen systems...

Suttonjn27
Suttonjn27

After watching one of the videos from 2004, if I still get to bash a perps face into counters in a sex shop, I'm good to go, baby! Honestly, though, I don't have high hopes for this game, but I do love the show and the characters, and I'm just hoping for a good story line.

dukerav
dukerav

The show kicks arse, but I highly doubt this oft delayed game will.

Odin897
Odin897

The Shield does kick serious ass.

Da1ShrpSh0trGrl
Da1ShrpSh0trGrl

I see this game as the type of game that will do better on next generation consoles. I also love the show.

Zauster
Zauster

i wish it wasnt the final season coming up. its one of the best shows out there. who wouldnt wanna be vic mackey

Nudie_Magazine
Nudie_Magazine

Don't know about the game, but The Shield kicks serious ass!!!

thorsen-ink
thorsen-ink

Oh god, the NARC crew? This is gonna suck as bad as the Sopranos game.