Highlander officially quickening PS3, 360, PC

Following numerous leaks, Eidos announces its forthcoming fantasy-action game, inspired by the film and television series of the same name.

Nothing can kill this franchise, apparently.

In summer 1986, Highlander premiered in theaters. Some 22 years, four sequels, two television series, two animated series, and two games later, the franchise is now returning to the game world. Following months of leaks, today Eidos Interactive finally officially announced that it will publish Highlander for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. The publisher's parent company, SCi Entertainment, acquired rights to the franchise in 2004.

In the new game, players assume the role of Owen MacLeod, who may--or may not be--a relative of film hero Conor MacLeod and TV hero Duncan MacLeod. Like his celluloid and video counterparts, MacLeod begins as an everyday man--this time in Roman-occupied Gaul--who discovers he's immortal when he's briefly killed. After he rises again, the game follows him through various eras as he squares off against other sword-wielding immortals who kill each other the only way they can: beheading.

Sadly, Clancy Brown has not been confirmed for the voice cast.

Highlander will also see MacLeod squaring off against a new nemesis, not the Kurgan (pictured) from the original film. He'll also have a mentor immortal, Methos, who will train him to use his powers (collectively called the Quickening) just as Sean Connery's character first did. These powers will let MacLeod channel fire and electricity through his body, disarm opponents by letting them jam their weapons into him, and escape by jumping from a great height--and surviving. Combat in the game will focus on melee weapons, including such sword types as the claymore, katana, and twin gladius, and will have destructible environments.

Highlander is being developed by French Widescreen Games (Dead to Rights) and will use the Unreal 3 Engine. It is being written by David Abramowitz, the show runner for the Highlander TV series. It is set for release sometime later this year.

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162 comments
Majkic666
Majkic666

TBA 2011, how many of you believe that? Its probably gonna end up like Duke Nukem push it further and further until 10 years later where they say we are going to cancel it -.-

Hellavation
Hellavation

I think with decent customization features and gameplay similar (but smoother) to "The Force Unleashed", this game could be pretty good. I wonder how they are going to work the beheading mechanic as well as what other types of enemies will be throughout the game. This could have a lot of potiential with good story as well as character progression.

mjack70
mjack70

Would have been cooler, if they allowed you to craft your own character and outfit, but oh well, opportunity missed.

byakuya222
byakuya222

yeah,another promissing game worth waiting for

kaem79
kaem79

I hope this comes out and it is good.

GabrielOnuris
GabrielOnuris

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Morningstar79
Morningstar79

Can't believe that I'm still hoping this will be released. Reminds me of Star Trek the secret of Vulcan Fury. Everything was done (voices, animation, etc) and they shelved it. Hope that is doesn't go this way, but I won't be holding my breath.

k0k066
k0k066

is this game coming out what the f**** GS just give out something how long has it been there saying TBA

T-dog3017
T-dog3017

You never know. They could be taking a long time because they're trying not to eff it up.

GabrielOnuris
GabrielOnuris

Apparently we are facing another stillborn title, like "This is Vegas".

Majkic666
Majkic666

6 years later and we dont know if it is getting released

ratsinthesewer
ratsinthesewer

im beginning to doubt this is gonna be released...

hitboy806
hitboy806

March 2010? that sounds soon but nothing since 2008 about it. I would like to try the game and all but why no videos since years ago? Their either very quiet or forgot to update gamespot.

Nihonjinjanai
Nihonjinjanai

So.................. Is this comin' out? Anybody know sumthin'? Highlander fan here!! This here game I wants to play it. Hello??

vecsim89
vecsim89

@wolfomega203, your a bit out of date...

KoRniTo
KoRniTo

I don't think this is coming out. I sure hope I'm wrong about it! I love the TV show.

Raad78
Raad78

Imagine an on line experince of your own highlander, who gets stronger by survivind and killing others in battle.... I wanna play!!!!!!!!

Raad78
Raad78

This game has so much POTENTIAL... but where is it? Any news???

Batosai001
Batosai001

Hey GameSpot,what happened to this game?

makiveli100
makiveli100

Either an epic win or an epic fail will happen here.

fatboy33
fatboy33

I have to say the Ps3 has converted me to a console player! I just wish more games would allow you to create your own character. I really don't care to play some one else character, I like being able to choose how my character looks their strengths and weaknesses, what kind of weapon they use. If they are a he or a she. Are they good or evil in the way they interact with their world. This game Highlander looks cool, but it would be so much more if I could create my own Immortal. I also wish for some a game company would own up to the fact that men are women are different and playing a male vs. a female would give different advantages or disabilities. Come on Edios you can do it!

GOWzztrippinzz
GOWzztrippinzz

After Batman:AA I have no doubt that Edios will do great things with this franchise...

NoctisLucis
NoctisLucis

It will be a third-person action adventure that spans over 2000 years, giving you a chance to explore feudal Japan, medieval Scotland, a futuristic vision of New York and Pompeii before the historical volcanic eruption. Similarly to the film, the aim will be to journey around the world and meet other immortal warriors in battle, lopping off their heads to win. You'll have the choice of Katana, Claybore or Double to use, and be able to use various techniques to overpower your foe - like Resurrection, Chi Balance, Fireblade, Wind Fury, Stone Armour and other powered-up special attacks. source: (eurogamer)

digital_reaver
digital_reaver

hey gamespot! find out whats happening with this title!

Neogenic
Neogenic

Don't know about this one. Could be fun or an epic fail....

wolfomega023
wolfomega023

It has not been cancelled guys, don't worry. Expect this before the end of November.

pengselim
pengselim

I hope this isn't cancelled!

Hailfire704
Hailfire704

I've been looking forward to this game since it was announced so I hope it turns out pretty good and not just the result of a company trying to cash in on a popular franchise.

gamewhizg
gamewhizg

does anyone know if it will be online playable that would be awsome

bjm1995
bjm1995

It's gonna be amazing. Can't wait for it to come out.

Sunrie
Sunrie

...huh...if they do this in a somewhat Bushido Blade style of combat, it could be extremely fun. Didn't they release a few Highlander games a few years ago and they were terrible? By far the worst one was based on the animated series and stared Quentin MacLeod. Let's just hope they don't screw everything and ignore the Highlander mythos by saying people are descendants of other immortals or crap.

Fear_Radick
Fear_Radick

Tough to make a game based around a character who can't die unless he has his head cut off. And it can't be assumed that every enemy will know to cut your head off to kill you. Unless of courser you only fight other immortals, but how they will fill in the time between these fights will be tough to make challenging. It may end up like the wolverine game; fun, but easy.

Patrick_H
Patrick_H

when is this game officially coming out, the full date?

afrosud12
afrosud12

infamous + sword - in order to experience this game, grab a sword, flail around with it for a bit, then play infamous.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

"These powers will let MacLeod channel fire and electricity through his body, disarm opponents by letting them jam their weapons into him, and escape by jumping from a great height--and surviving" Is it just me, or does this bare a striking resemblence to the Jedi games? I really hope this does'nt turn out to be yet another mediocre sword swinging, button bashing affair, as i loved the orignal film and hope this isnt another 'Band Wagon' game.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

hey hey who likes big pointy objects and slicing and dicing things... I never had a chance to play the first two games but man I'm looking forward to this game and hopefully it will be decent enough that I won't have to throw it out my window in annoyance like I did with the wheelman.

Scarshi
Scarshi

Who wants to live forever!?

starduke
starduke

I liked the movies and the tv shows. Its about bloody time they made a game. I hope its good.

Fady117
Fady117

I used to be a geat fan of the TV series. That is, no more studying when it comes to watching. And guys..... Unreal 3 Engine?!?!? sounds interesting. I think I'll still like the Highlander franchise this year!! :D

Artemios
Artemios

we'll see how this goes Personally, I'll wait for the reviews. However, I hope that it will be as good as the tv series, and the first movie

Leak_Drywalker
Leak_Drywalker

sounds fun. Though how they'll bring the whole immortality into a lifebar of some sort in this game should be interesting... That is, if it is ever released...