Choplifter HD landing on PS3, PC this fall

Downloadable remake of classic action game in development at Hunted studio InXile Entertainment.

At the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show, a remake of Broderbund Software's 1983 platformer Lode Runner was announced. Today, another classic from the once-mighty, now-defunct studio has been unveiled: Choplifter, the airborne action game that first debuted on the Apple II in 1982.

Choplifter will take off again this fall on PCs and PS3s.

The remake of Choplifter, titled Choplifter HD, will come courtesy of InXile Entertainment, the developer behind the 2005 remake of another 1980s classic, The Bard's Tale, and the forthcoming fantasy action game Hunted: The Demon's Forge. According to the Newport Beach, California-based studio, the game will see players assume the role of a pilot for the elite, international helicopter rescue team C.H.O.P.R. (Coordinated Helicopter Operations, Preservation and Rescue).

The original Choplifter had just a single setting where players picked up hostages while dodging enemy fire from jets and tanks. Choplifter HD will feature several helicopters to use in 20 missions, ranging from military prisoner extraction to rescuing survivors from biological weapon hot zones. As the name implies, it will also have high-definition graphics.

Choplifter HD is due out this fall as a digital download for the PC and PlayStation Network. (No Xbox Live version was mentioned.) GameSpot will have more information on the title as it becomes available.

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Pfilosophy
Pfilosophy

Wow! I used to play this on my mom's apple IIc... man, I'm old... anyway, I loved this game so much! This is excellent news! THIS is what we need to see more of, old-school classic games that test your reflexes yet remain fun throughout.

romulus45
romulus45

Now this is what Im talkin' about! Drop the constant deluge of FPS and lets update the old school classics, where imagination and ingenuity was what it was all about. There's plenty out there I hope this is a growing trend?

theKSMM
theKSMM

Like @yman173, I used to play it on the C64 too. Simple concept and even simpler single-color graphics, but you couldn't have told me that every one of those little digital hostages didn't matter; I wasn't satisfied until I had saved them all. Hopefully the can bring the same vision to light with today's superior technology without adding complexity that ruins the enjoyment of the game. The moment somebody says "simulation" in the design meeting, he should get the boot.

oneligas
oneligas

I broke a kids arm over this game and I wasn't even the guy playing at the time (sad but true story)

burgeg
burgeg

Choplifter was one of my favourite games on the Master System. This should be great!

FoeCrusher
FoeCrusher

I cant even imagine how they plan to update it. The game was addictive at the time but who knows.

kevindm215
kevindm215

this was one of my favorite ever games on the first gameboy, it was so good, i could never finish it as a kid, maybe now i'l be able to lay it to rest:D

yman173
yman173

I remember playing this on my old Commodore 64. Retro rules!

Shardz7
Shardz7

I'm also remaking a classic game and it afforded me to step into the shoes of the original developers to give the idea a spin and has been endless fun since I started. I'm glad to hear these old games are living second lives 'cause seeing what is mostly released today and the horribly lame trends we are bored of, this old classic stuff still has some life in it yet, to say the least. As I said in a previous comment, the 8 bit revolution is coming...sit back and wait for the onslaught of older remakes 'cause retro style is huge right now and those old games are classics for a reason - they still rock!

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

I'll play it only if I can name my chopper pilot to Chopper David.

Ronnie_Rim
Ronnie_Rim

Heh. I've seen PC - Xbox 360 exclusive games, but never PC - PS3 exclusive games.

Rage010101
Rage010101

i remember playing this game on atari and colecovision back in the day

risako9
risako9

My older brother didn't let me play this game when we were small. This brings back memories. :")

monson21502
monson21502

cool. about time psn got some good games:D