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.

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"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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