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Kalypso to 'revive and further develop' the Commandos series


Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines (1998) was one of the best strategy games I have ever played, and it looks like we might return to the series in the near future. Yesterday, Kalypso Media announced that they have acquired the rights to the series and that they will not only develop completely new games but also reboots for current-gen platforms. The takeover includes Pyro Studios, the developer behind the Commandos series.

"We have been looking for a suitable partner for the continuation of our products and brands for a long time," announces Ignacio Pérez, Pyro Studios Founder. "Kalypso has great expertise and experience with rebooting well-known titles, and we are delighted to have our IP in such good hands."

The acquisition gives Kalypso Media the rights to Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines,  Commandos 2: Men of Courage, and Commandos 3: Destination Berlin, as well as Praetorians, a 3D strategy game, and Imperial Glory, another RTS.

Some of the titles were only released on PC, so we will probably see reboots for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. I would love to play a Behind Enemy Lines reboot on my Nintendo Switch.

"We have great respect for what the Pyro Studios team have accomplished and created throughout the history of the studio," announces Kalypso Founder Simon Hellwig.

"Therefore, we see it as our responsibility to want to revive and further develop these beloved games for the fans around the world. Of course, this will include the development of completely new games for all platforms, but also an extensive adaptation of the existing titles for contemporary technologies and platforms."

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Have you played any of the Commandos games and are you excited about a new instalment in the series? I would love a reboot of Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines. I found the game to be extremely fun to play, yet very challenging at times. There was something magical about pulling off a mission without setting off an alarm once. On some missions, if you set off the alarm, it was an immediate game over trigger.

I also loved the different characters you had to control; the Green Beret, Spy, Sapper, Sniper, Marine or Driver. Each has a skill set that is locked to that specific character (for example, only the Spy could wear enemy uniforms), and it made for some careful planning and deployment of strategy.

Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines is one of few games that released on Steam with a 17-page user manual. Talk about old school gaming.

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