Starship Troopers golden

Bugs beware: Empire Interactive's shooter based on sci-fi flick set to ship for PCs next month.

Empire Interactive today announced that Strangelite has finished development on Starship Troopers, and the master is off to factory. The PC game will be released in North America next month.

The game is based on the movie Starship Troopers from director Paul Verhoeven. The film, released in 1997, follows a space marine as he and his comrades take on a seemingly endless onslaught of space bugs in the future.

Gamers will be doing much of the same in the PC version--that is, slaughtering alien insects from a first-person perspective. The "seemingly endless onslaught" of bugs will be re-created by a game engine that lets up to 300 of the critters be onscreen at once. Casper van Dien, who played Johnny Rico in the film, provides the voice-over commentary in the game.

In 2000, another Starship Troopers-based game was released for PCs. Instead of adopting the FPS shtick, developer Blue Tongue opted for a real-time strategy approach, which didn't win over critics or gamers.

Starship Troopers is still awaiting pricing and rating information in North America. Those who can't wait to kick some thorax can try their luck at the game's demo, which is downloadable from GameSpot.

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