Revamped Rogue Warrior due in Q4, Rourke enlisted for lead

Bethesda's paramilitary actioner restarted "from scratch" by Rebellion; Oscar-nominated <i>Wrestler</i> star to voice Navy SEAL hero.

Like the Navy SEALs it portrays, Rogue Warrior has been hidden from view since it was announced in 2006. It turns out there was a good reason for its being off the radar. Bethesda has confirmed that the game on display at a recent event is completely different from the version initially shown to the press three years ago. Its original developer, Zombie Studios (Shadow Ops: Red Mercury, Saw), is no longer involved with the project, with all its work being completely scrapped in 2008.

"We really wanted to refocus the game's direction and started from scratch last year with Rebellion Studios, its current developer," a Bethesda rep told GameSpot. UK-based Rebellion is best known for The Simpsons Game, Rogue Trooper, Sniper Elite, and Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron. It is also rumored to have taken over Star Wars: Battlefront III following Free Radical's bankruptcy last year. (Free Radical has since been bought by Crysis developer Crytek.)

Besides receiving a new developer, Rogue Warrior also got a release window today. The game will be simultaneously released for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 in the fourth quarter of 2009, shortly after Bethesda releases another action title, Wet. Reps for the traditionally role-playing-game-focused studio said the two games' launches would not conflict with each another.

Bethesda also announced today that Oscar-nominated actor Mickey Rourke (pictured - The Wrestler, Angel Heart) will voice the game's hero, Navy SEAL Richard "Demo Dick" Marcinko. Rogue Warrior is based on the real-life Marcinko's novels and will follow a SEAL team into North Korea, where their attempt to sabotage an ICBM program uncovers a greater conspiracy tracing back to Russia.

For more on Rebellion's development of Rogue Warrior and Rourke's involvement with the game, watch the GameSpot video interview below.

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GodOfSyn
GodOfSyn

i thought this was originally being made by the bethesda team that did oblivion, i guess it was zombie(arent they the socom makers, or is that zipper im confused) but yeah the best idea that i liked for this game originally was the unique multiplayer, also i loved the original gfx, they were so slick. anyways i hope this ends up a good game still, i cant be sure now...

That-Guy-Jeff
That-Guy-Jeff

I don't know what to think right now honestly. Before when Atomic was making the game they had some cool concepts that i really hope get carried over, such as the 4 player co-op and the multiplayer maps that could be mixed and matched. I feel iffy on this game now.

Waffen_SS84
Waffen_SS84

Wow wtf happened?! That redesign is total crap! You go from a squad-based/tac. shooter game to a lone barbarian with a knife! Unbelievable. When you say that your first screenshots are knife kills... Set sails for fail. @freeezzzy Wtf? Beth is only the publisher on this one......

WestSideAzn
WestSideAzn

Looks like Bethesda is getting very busy lately... How exciting!

RobNBankz
RobNBankz

To dynamite, I'm not sure if he's Oscar nominated but hasn't Liam Neeson (however you spell his name) done voice acting, most recently in Fallout 3?

pbelkin
pbelkin

I didnt think this game would come back, it was due to release like last year, when i first read about it, but FO3 must have been priority........Sweet

Pete5506
Pete5506

I hope the game turns out well

FAcorp
FAcorp

Hay cool Mickey Rourke is going to be in the game.

Lonewolf00B
Lonewolf00B

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Rob_101
Rob_101

Cool, Micky has a good voice (Marv from Sin City).

dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

This game is gonna kick. IS this the first Oscar nominated actor voicing a game?

DEWMAN08
DEWMAN08

lol, that pic of Mickey Rourke is from Domino.

taj7575
taj7575

Finally news about this game! Im happy they didnt cancel it and I really hope it turns out great.

Eagle3000
Eagle3000

Thank goodness they finally updated this game. I can not wait.

freeezzzy
freeezzzy

what the f**k has happened to elder scrolls!!!!!?!!?!?!??!?!?!

maverick_76
maverick_76

Looking good! Rourke was a great acquisition!

Jade_Monkey
Jade_Monkey

While I feel sorry for Zombie I am happy to see Rebellion get the nod. AVP was awesome.

joesh89
joesh89

mickey rourke is so awesome.

flash-g
flash-g

oooooooooo, this sound very interesting.

meateater79
meateater79

Excited this game's not completely scrapped. Rourke doing the voice is a nice move; loved him in The Wrestler.

CVM_123
CVM_123

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Waffen_SS84
Waffen_SS84

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dortega120
dortega120

Hope to here more about this game. Also, thumbs up to Bethesda for having Mickey Rourke voice the protagonist. I thoiught he was excellent in the wrestler.