You may have heard of Rad Rodgers, after all, the 90’s inspired platformer was recently financed on Kickstarter. Now though, THQ Nordic have picked up the baton, and an Xbox One and PS4 release is on the cards.
Teaming up with Slipgate Studios, THQ Nordic have today announced that Rad Rodgers’ development will continue, with a view to the game releasing on both Xbox One and PS4. Inspired by the likes of Commander Keen, Conker, Ruff’n’ Tumble & Jazz Jackrabbit, Rad Rodgers tells the tale of Rad (obviously), a rambunctious but spirited young boy who plays too many video games.
After he dozes off at the tail end of a long night of gaming, Rad wakes to find his dusty old console has turned itself back on. Suddenly a vortex emerges and he’s being sucked into his TV, where he finds himself the star in his very own video game adventure, meeting up with Dusty, his good-hearted but now foul-mouthed game console.
The adventure will take Rad and Dusty through seven dangerous stages of action-packed, humor-filled, hardcore platforming fun. This decaying jungle world has been infected by a fierce corruption, and it’s up to the unlikely buddy-duo Rad and Dusty to save the jungle’s inhabitants and restore the Elder Tree as guardian of the land.
“Rad Rodgers was a game we had a lot of fun developing. Beginning with the successful crowd-funding campaign which motivated us extremely, through to the loads of responses and praise we got from fans of the game. It was a great experience for us and now we are happy to let THQ Nordic take over this, as we have the feeling they do not just buy games, but do take good care of them too.” – Frederik Schreiber, Slipgate Studios.
“Rad Rodgers was recently nominated for the award “Best Technical Achievement” at Spilprisen 2017 in Denmark” said Josh Olin, VP Publishing at 3D Realms. “We’re honored to have had the chance to work with such a creative group of indie developers, and happy we could help find Rad Rodgers such a promising new future with our friends at THQ Nordic! 3D Realms will continue our mission to help innovative indies find greater levels of success, faster.”
“I love it when a plan comes together” comments Reinhard Pollice, Business and Product Development Director at THQ Nordic.
Full features include:
- Weapons: Dusty arms Rad with a variety of radical bad-ass weaponry. The Bolt Blaster has unlimited ammo, is easy to use, and more than enough firepower to get the job done. The Phoenix Cannon shoots out a fiery bird whose wingspan lights enemies ablaze as it flies by. There are 5+ weapons in this first chapter, with more to come.
- Sounds & Music: Our composer Andrew Hulshult combined his years of musical experience (both performing and writing) with his passion for retro-style gaming to create an amazing and authentic soundtrack for the game complete with MIDI-inspired music… And synthesizers!
- The Pixelverse: While Rad and Dusty are a great team, only Dusty can enter the electrified Pixelverse — a dangerous spacetime-breaking region that exists behind the game world. Dusty enters the Pixelverse when necessary to repair glitches in the running game world, allowing both Rad & Dusty to continue their journey.
- Classic Easter Eggs: The game features hard-to-find collectibles in sometimes even harder-to-find classic secret rooms. Use your precision platforming skills to collect ’em all.
We’re seriously looking forward to hearing more about Rad Rodgers and will of course keep you up-to-date with anything that arrives. May as well hit up the original launch trailer whilst we are here.