Arms up when you keep in mind Söldner: Secret Wars. Okay, now arms up when you ever at any level in your life thought that what the world actually wants right now’s Söldner: Secret Wars Remastered. Clearly I can not see what number of arms are up so I am simply going to imagine the quantity is zero, however be that as it might, it is truly occurring.

Söldner: Secret Wars is a 2004 multiplayer tactical shooter developed by German studio Wings Simulations that put gamers within the position of heavily-armed mercenaries (“söldner” is German for “mercenary,” and to not be confused with “soldat,” which is German for “soldier” and in addition the title of a very unrelated 2002 motion side-scroller) doing battle in an enormous, highly-destructible world full of all types of floor, air, and seaborne automobiles. 

The thought was cool, however the actuality, sadly, sucked. “All of the gameplay elements are right here, however a whole lack of seasoning makes this one dish that ought to be tossed down the disposal,” PC Gamer mentioned in its 45% evaluation from October 2004. That rating was virtually dead-center on the vital response: Söldner holds a 43% combination score on Metacritic.

The game ended up in THQ Nordic’s arms in 2011, when Nordic (because it was identified on the time) acquired Söldner writer JoWood. However Nordic principally washed its arms of the entire thing virtually instantly by making it free—and never free-to-play, simply free, take my game, please—because the Söldner (Marine Corps) Neighborhood Version. As described most aptly by PC Perspective, the update did not do a lot to enhance issues.

“It was initially a buggy game that reached for the sky with out taking note of [its] footing,” the location wrote. “It’s now an excellent buggier game with further automobiles and options.”

And so it remained till actually right now, when the Steam web page for Söldner: Secret Wars Remastered all of the sudden popped out of nowhere. It is nonetheless a piece in progress and there is not any launch date but, but it surely’s undoubtedly occurring.

“It’s been a protracted journey and our group is very happy to lastly welcome you right here on Steam!” the reveal announcement says. “We’re trying ahead to you sharing your ideas, solutions and experiences, your character creations and all of the issues you’ll do or which will occur to you, whereas exploring the massive world map (22.750.000 km²!) and using any of the over 100 firearms and 120+ automobiles.”

Söldner: Secret Wars Remastered is being developed by Pixelcloud Video games, whose earlier releases embody the VR game Monks Island and a “mind coach” referred to as BCI Coach. Pixelcloud’s web site says it’s “upgrading [the] unique engine and gameplay (code from 2004)” for the remaster and creating belongings based mostly on the unique unique. Will it recreate all the unique bugs and jankiness too? Solely time will inform.

I child in regards to the primarily unessential nature of this mission, however the announcement has undoubtedly sparked some pleasure. “Oh my fucking god, no WAY!!” redditor roidymagoo2 wrote. “I used to be into this again within the day, and I nonetheless generally randomly blurt out the menu narrator who says ‘……..zzzzzZoldner….painfully lengthy load time‘.”

Okay, perhaps “pleasure” is overstating the scenario. However nostalgia and a spot of excitement-tinged confusion? There’s undoubtedly a few of that. Nonetheless, I simply do not get it. Of all of the video games on the planet that might stand to be remastered, who determined that, yeah, Soldner: Secret Wars is the one the players really need? Certain, I suppose some folks will dig it, however… Why?

I’ve reached out to THQ Nordic to ask, and can update if I obtain a reply.