Blacklight: Tango Down sequel in the works - Report

Zombie Studios planning summer 2011 follow-up to just-released downloadable shooter with larger maps and controllable "mech-like vehicles."

Zombie Studios' multiplayer online shooter Blacklight: Tango Down is just out the door. It was released last week on Xbox Live Arcade, is scheduled to come to the PlayStation Network, and made its way to the PC today. However, the studio won't support the original with add-on content. Instead, it will focus its ambitions on crafting a sequel, which according to the company's chief, is already in the works.

It's going to take two to tango.

According to a report from BigDownload, Zombie CEO Mark Long said there are no plans to offer downloadable content for the original besides bug-squashing updates. Additionally, he said Blacklight: Tango Down 2 (working title) will feature a slew of improvements over the original, including the addition of larger multiplayer environments and the incorporation of controllable "mech-like" vehicles.

As for the sequel's release schedule, the CEO said the successor is tentatively pegged to arrive next summer but did not specify platforms or price.

For more on the original, check out GameSpot's E3 2010 floor demo (embedded below) and a preview.

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presgore
presgore

i love tango down. it is a ton of fast paced fun but i will admit that there are some matchmaking issues, once you get into a game it's a ton of fun. can't wait for a sequel with mechs. some destructible environments would be nice too.....

Beyond_Belief
Beyond_Belief

Why cant developers just keep it simple and keep vehicles out of it.

eriktkire
eriktkire

Damn man.. I'm in Australia and we're waiting for this to become available... and already they're announcing a sequel. I was really looking forward to getting into the PC version with a belief they'd give it some serious support... you know, come out with a major PC patch that meant dedicated servers. Little DLCs would have been worth buying too, or at least I was very open to it. But announcing ultra-limited support a week or so after release? That's going to kill the potential of anyone wanting to commit to building the player community.... and then why bother wasting $15 on a game that is destined to have a tiny shelf life with a very temporary population? I'd have to say this article has completely changed my desire to buy and support this game. I think I'll put all of my expectations into Nuclear Dawn's release, that's coming out in a couple of months and promises to be a genuinely challenging and "innovative" FPS, unlike many of the mega franchise sequels coming out this year. Count me 1 less sale for the PC, 1 less sale for any of the DLCs they promised would eventually expand the base product... and definitely consider me 1 lost sale from the sequel and anything else Zombie Studios make. This developer is going on my blacklist for companies to avoid, like Ubisoft. I'd suggest everyone else do the same. Support the indie developers that couldn't afford to have impressive booths at E3.. indie developers that are working hard to support their $10-$20 games.

lil_d_mack_314
lil_d_mack_314

I love this game, anything thats wrong with it can be patched, but for the love of god(s) no vehicles or mechs in the second please. keep it "old school like you said in the vid".

PUREPL7YA
PUREPL7YA

@Gelugon_baat, oh great, another 7.5 * Worthless single-player/co-op mode * Map architecture is generic * Set spawn points can bog down matches. A 6.0 sounds more likely to fit the bill with this game.

lamprey263
lamprey263

I didn't like the demo that much myself, but it's not a bad idea to make some online multiplayer FPSs for $15, worked well for Battlfield 1943, hope we see more of them

Aletunda
Aletunda

hurry up and get the first one released here in australia you morons

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

i dont understand why everyone is hating on BL:TD1 tho, its not a bad game. Sort of a CoD meets Socom feel to it. Plus 17 maps out the gate doesn't hurt.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

ehhhh, mechs equal bad game...

jayd02
jayd02

I like how all the people who suck at the game came on here to try and bash it. Go back to COD and nube tube your ways back to victory. They game is good and your just made that your not good at it.

SnakeEyesX80
SnakeEyesX80

Yeah! Now we get another crap game from Zombie Studios! Hopefully we'll see a sequel to Shadow Ops as well! :roll:

gc88
gc88

i dont get why they would already announce a sequel. did this game do that well?

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Nice PR stunt: "Hey guys, I know you don't like the game and I'm gonna let you finish, but I just wanted you to know that the sequel, which is coming out in less than a year, will be the GREATEST GAME EVER." Get real. This is just a play to keep from getting your publishers from squashing you immediately after taking a dump in the market.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

Yeah, uhm...new rule: a game has to be good to get a sequel. You can't polish a turd.

deathstream
deathstream

So, based on most of the comments, $15 for new iterations of the game every year is outlandish and unheard of. But $60 every August for Madden is somehow different? NBA, golf, baseball, etc... Or in a more direct comparison, $15 vs the $90 you are expected to shell out yearly for CoD ($60 for 4 hours of SP and the MP suite then $30 for 6 new maps) is horrible. They said they would be be releasing bug fixes, just not DLC. If they can release a superior product in a year, that is still a pretty sweet deal.

PUREPL7YA
PUREPL7YA

@AJC3317, they probably know its trash and thats exactly why they're working on a second one. truly great games don't even need sequels let alone within a single year

jsrco
jsrco

Bought the first one... while it was fun, there are to many major issues with the matchmaking for me to keep playing it. Takes to long to get a match and to many people drop out leaving one side with more players. Wouldn't be a problem but on several maps you can spawn camp and there is literally no option available to the team being camped (save the opposing team running out of ammo). Fix this and I could see this being good.

iSAIGONi
iSAIGONi

you would think this game was published by activision or something

AJC3317
AJC3317

lol the game's been out for a week and there's already talk of sequels. the first one is trash, there's no need for a second

PUREPL7YA
PUREPL7YA

Will GS even review this game before they release a sequel?

jamage
jamage

ok im gunna troll here but sod it, this game cud of been so much better with DLC, its not very big due to it being multiplay, however if they had of concentrated on the MP and brought out more fixes and more content, i think it could of flourished into a very good game, i love the online play but its laggy and there isnt alot of maps to play on, the black ops wud be a good place to start zombie as its good but needs alot more work!

netter99
netter99

when he says a million combos for guns its really stupid because there only 5 guns you can customize. one sub machine gun, one light machine gun, one sniper rifle, one shotgun, and one assault rifle. and the reason there are a million is because there are 58 gun camos and and 101 tags u can put on your gun. The game is a copy of COD and was fun at first but now is kinda boring since you do0nt get any new guns. the second one better make many improvements.

kerrman
kerrman

Planning a sequel for a bad game. Interesting.

NoDzombie
NoDzombie

they should really be focusing on fixing the current game not making the sequel, im glad i only got the trial and not the full game, if i had, i would be seriously annoyed right now.......

feryl06
feryl06

I downloaded the trial version. It's not a good game at all. It reminded me of Coded Arms for the PSP. Recommend people get the trial game before purchasing this game.

dkdk999
dkdk999

ya fix some stuff about this game. its a good basic game especially for the price but just with a few problems with matchmaking and such.

SunOfAtom
SunOfAtom

It's recommended in the Big Book of Gaming Etiquette that game developers actually let the buyers have, y'know, time to enjoy the game before announcing a release.

DeltaSpirit
DeltaSpirit

I guess the patch to fix the problems in BL:TD will be BL:TD2

green_dominator
green_dominator

That's a big BS and a half.....the whole time the game was in development and even at E3 they said that they wanted to make a download only game where they could support the title with DLC and other stuff along the way..... Blacklight is pretty good but it could use more flavor with what DLC could bring, I think they are squandering an opportunity...

brentsonier
brentsonier

this is total b.s. zombie studios has been saying over and over they would release new content after the release, what a crock!

controlfreak25
controlfreak25

I agree, it is stupid when a company says that they are working on a sequel as soon as they release the first game.

100proofsoco
100proofsoco

WTF is up with companies saying a "sequel is in the works" when they just released something!? "hey mister gamer we are just gonna throw a bunch of crap your way, buy it mmk"

ACx7
ACx7

I think they need to worry about fixing the problems with their current version of Blacklight instead of making a second one. Fix the matchmaking... it takes me forever to get a TDM game and I get disconnected from the host half the time. Find a way to cancel out all the spawn trapping. And smooth out the sensitivity. It goes from impossibly fast while not ADS, to impossibly slow while ADS.