Though it was a box-office failure when it first hit movie theaters in 1997, Starship Troopers has become a cult hit. However, to date, the only game based on Paul Verhoeven's cynical sci-fi epic was the 2000 fiasco Starship Troopers, which had more bugs than Klendathu on spawning day.
Thankfully, that will soon change. For over a year, UK-based developer Strangelite has been working on a new Starship Troopers game for the PC. Published by Empire Interactive, the first-person shooter is a fully licensed version of the film and its tie-in computer-animated series--both of which were based on Robert A. Heinlein's classic 1959 novel. It features costumes and assets from the film, as well as characters such as Johnny Rico. The game will also feature the voracious arachnids known as "bugs" and will be able to render more than 300 of them on the screen at the same time.
Would-be members of the mobile infantry who can't wait until the game's November release date can now get a taste of the game. Empire has released a 461MB demo of the game, which is available for download on GameSpot DLX. It lets players join the battle for part of the game's third level, in which they must defend a remote outpost from a swarm of bugs. To make matters worse, players must eventually leave the semisafe confines of the outpost to restore power.
For more on Starship Troopers, read GameSpot's first impressions of the game.