Back in March 2019 RICO brought its cel-shaded visual shooting to Xbox One, PS4, Switch and PC, letting us kick down doors and shoot our way to glory as a member of the elite RICO taskforce. Now though it’ll soon be time to join RICO again – this time in London.
Due to release on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4 and Nintendo Switch later this summer, RICO London from Aksys Games and Ground Shatter will work as the direct sequel to that first rogue-lite cel-shaded shooter, just this time it’ll be set in London. Obviously.
In fact it’ll be London, New Year’s Eve 1999, as RICO London places you in the shoes of a cop tasked with neutralizing the notorious and violent gangs of the city. Whether you play solo or with a friend in co-op mode, your objective will be to move through a variety of procedurally generated levels, wiping out gangland threats in the process, all before it takes over the capital for good.
Working as an ode to retro arcade shooters, in RICO London we’ll find that many of the levels are set in abandoned buildings such as derelict hospitals and office spaces in East London, most of which have been taken over by gangs. Battling through is the name of the game, and by doing so you’ll be rewarded well – mostly with a selection of random items that will let you upgrade your character; if only to make them – and you – more effective.
RICO London will come with a global leaderboard and the rewards present will be supported across the co-op features in game. And it is here with London where the developers have focused on the aspects of gameplay that were most popular in the original, resulting in more enemy variants and environmental scenes compared to the first game, and hostage situations and new weapons have been added to ramp up the intensity.
RICO London is due to launch on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4 and Nintendo Switch at some point in the summer of 2021. Keep an eye out for it.