This generation has seen a steady run of retro games getting spruced up for remasters, and another is on the way this Spring on Switch. This time around Deadly Dozen Reloaded is delivering an updated take on a 2001 tactical shooter in which you lead a group of 4 soldiers through tough encounters in WW2.
Previously a PC-only title, this revamp will bring us a long overdue console debut, though the original had a mixed critical reception. The core game is the same but significant improvements are promised elsewhere.
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, whether that means they want 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.
While the structure of Deadly Dozen Reloaded remains the same as the original release, 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. The PC version will support up to 4K resolution with no framerate limit, while consoles will run at 1080p and 30fps. Audio has 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.
We’d expect this to have a fair amount of retro AI and jank, but the concept is certainly intriguing. We’ll keep an eye out for more details to share closer to the Spring release.