Empire reforming Jagged Alliance on DS

European publisher signs on for Strategy First and Cypron Studios' turn-based tactical RPG; Atari to distribute in North America.

While the Nintendo DS has seen its share of turn-based strategy games like Civilization Revolution and Age of Empires: The Age of Kings, one of the earliest tactical franchises announced for the system--Strategy First's Jagged Alliance--has yet to materialize. That could soon change, as Empire Interactive today announced that it had picked up the publishing rights for the game.

While Empire didn't give a release window for the project, it did say it was being developed by Strategy First and Cypron Studios, makers of the DS real-time strategy title Command and Destroy and the PC role-playing game Gods: Lands of Infinity. According to Empire, the game will re-create "the nonlinear gameplay that made the 1994 original so popular amongst gamers." As part of a recently announced deal, Atari will handle the North American distribution for the DS edition of Jagged Alliance.

Jagged Alliance for the DS isn't the only new use of the vintage PC gaming property. Strategy First is also working on Jagged Alliance 3, and has partnered with Union Entertainment in an attempt to make a feature film based on the franchise.

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nth1739
nth1739

While you are at, bring back Syndicate as well. I wasted ALOT of hours playing JA and Syndicate, both are very deserving of remakes.

Realtop
Realtop

JA3 is still under development. But there is another game called Brigade e5. That's the closest thing you'll get to JA3.

tony2077ca
tony2077ca

anyone know what happened to ja3

The_Pig_Hostage
The_Pig_Hostage

Wow, I remember this game! Never thought I'd see it again... I might just pick it up for the nostalgia value if it's turns out to be decent.

DeuxHero
DeuxHero

@ColdfireTrilogy no, they have always been this stupid, you just notice it because the comments are bigger now. Anyways, hope these acctualy turns out good, I thought JA3 droped off the face of the earth.

Lord_Artix
Lord_Artix

Another SRPG is always good news. Have to look into it when more details emerge.

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

Well, I hope it turns out well. It seems like it'd be easy for a careless or untalented developer to ruin Jagged Alliance by not including all those things that made it great. That said, if they can pull it off, I hope they refine the control scheme for that series. My biggest complaint about the originals was about the control scheme and the User Interface that housed it.

Edward_R_Murrow
Edward_R_Murrow

Hope it's not a total cash-in and stays true to the franchise's roots. And it needs Ivan.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

Uh oh... this could spell doom. And hey where did all the comments go on these news tidbits ... ever since new "OMG GAMESPOT WIDE" came out there have been like an average of 12-20 total per news piece .... wow ... way to stab yourself in the foot GS.

28301-016
28301-016

these developers are pretty lame, I hope they won't screw up otherwise great franchise!

Faeton
Faeton

The JA franchise was pretty underrated in its day. Hopefully this will spawn a new generation of fans!

VolcanoMan001
VolcanoMan001

Empire? Man, that is an old publisher that I thought was long gone.