The character of John Rambo, adapted from David Morell’s novel First Blood and immortalised on the silver screen by Sylvester Stallone in numerous outings, has long been absent from video games. Despite a string of early releases on the NES and Sega Genesis, as well as the old home computer systems such as the Atari ST, ZX Spectrum, and Commadore 64, the character has never reconnected with consoles. Even when the last film, simply titled Rambo, was released in 2008, its only accompaniment was Rambo Arcade, a light gun game from Sega.
As Sly prepares to unleash The Expendables 2 on the world, Reef Entertainment has announced the first details for Rambo: The Video Game, which is currently in development by Polish outfit Teyon. The game will be based on the first three film entries: First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rambo III. The “first person shooter with a fixed perspective” will see the one-man-army enter bloody shootouts, conduct stealth kills or generally cause destructive mayhem. Craig Lewis, Commercial Director for Reef Entertainment, sought to reassure fans of the cult classic that they would do it justice:
“For Rambo: The Video Game we are concentrating on authenticity to the films, variety of action and explosive gameplay sequences. By matching classic fixed-perspective play to a contemporary game engine we believe we can deliver a game that matches the pace and action set-piece diversity of the films.”
No release date has been given, but more information about the title, coming to PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, will be released during Gamescom in Cologne later this month.