We vaguely remember the original Deadly Dozen as being a middle-of-the-road PC launch from back in the day. That’s not stopping the Ziggurat Interactive team from bringing that experience right on trend though, as they unveil a full reimagining of the 2001 squad-based stealth classic – Deadly Dozen Reloaded.
Coming to PC and console in the spring of 2022 (and when we say console, we guess Xbox, PlayStation and Switch), Deadly Dozen Reloaded takes that original base game and builds it out for a modern audience. That means we’ll be seeing a total graphical overhaul, a modern control scheme and – now that the technology allows for it – larger mission maps.
Deadly Dozen Reloaded is a reimagining of the squad-based stealth game which was originally developed and released by N-Fusion Interactive in 2001. It throws us into World War II as the United States Army was ordered by General Dwight D. Eisenhower to recruit a special operations unit who would be capable of carrying out dangerous missions in secret, at any time, and in any environment. Twelve uniquely skilled men were recruited, each one possessing the physical prowess and a distaste for authority well-suited for such an unconventional unit. It was they who became known as the Deadly Dozen.
Your task will be to choose your squad of four from a roster of twelve playable characters, each with unique stats, weapon, and equipment proficiencies to complete critical objectives behind enemy lines. Players can match their squad to their preferred playstyle, allowing the opportunity to go full stealth, focus on run-and-gun action, or make some noise with loud, devastating explosions. Players command their unit with the Squad Wheel, which they can use to call out movement orders, fire orders, stance, and formation changes to adapt to challenges in the field. Additionally, direct control is never limited to just one of the four squad members, as players can swap their playable character at any time.
“The Deadly Dozen games are unique military shooters that reward careful planning and clever tactics as much as they do pure shooting skills,” said Michael Devine, SVP of Business Development at Ziggurat Interactive. “Since the release of the original game in 2001, tactical shooters exploded in popularity, and we’re delighted to introduce fans to this refreshed and enhanced version of one of the originators of the genre.”
You should expect the main body and structure of Deadly Dozen Reloaded to remain the same as the original release, but level assets, textures and character models have been rebuilt from the ground up. Real-time lighting, high-quality particle effects, and other environmental effects have been added to bring a sense of realism into the game. Further to that, the PC version will support up to 4K resolution with no framerate limit, while consoles will run at 1080p and 30fps. Audio has also been enhanced to include much higher fidelity samples, real-time audio effects such as reverb and occlusion, 3D surround sound, and support for 5.1 or more speaker configurations.
The key features of Deadly Dozen Reloaded include:
- Reimagined for the Modern Era: Graphics and audio aren’t the only things that have been updated. Enemy AI is now more sophisticated, making fights more engaging, and reworked vehicle physics make driving to objectives more fun and realistic.
- 10 Giant Missions: Large, faithfully recreated maps containing objectives that can be tackled in any order at the player’s discretion. Each mission will typically take over one hour to complete on normal difficulty.
- Customizable Loadouts: Eleven different weapons — six American and five German — and seven types of equipment, including first aid kits, binoculars, and a variety of explosives, allow players to customize squad members to suit their play style and the mission at hand
- No More Permadeath: Players can experience heart-pounding escapes with half of their team, and fallen squad-mates will recuperate for the next mission. No more reloading save files!
We’ll be sure to keep you right across this in the build up to Deadly Dozen Reloaded becoming available for PC and consoles in spring 2022.