French publisher Microids has announced that the remake of cult classic cel-shaded shooter, XIII, will be coming out tomorrow on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The title will be coming out on the Nintendo Switch sometime next year.
Originally released in 2003 by Ubisoft and based on a Belgian comic book series, XIII puts players in the shoes of an amnesiac hunted by government agents and blamed for the assassination of the President of the United States. Across 34 levels taking place in locales around the world such as the Grand Canyon and Mexico City, “XIII,” as the player character is known owing to a tattoo of the Roman numeral on his collarbone, works to prove his innocence and thwart the real conspirators from achieving their ultimate goal of taking over the United States.
The original game used an early version of the Unreal Engine combined with a cel-shading system to create the feel of the original comic books, along with onomatopoeia and “action panel inserts” for special events like long distance headshots, and these systems appear to have been retained in the remake. As with the original game, players will have the opportunity to go in guns blazing, or take a more stealthy approach to accomplish their goals. The lines from the original voice cast also appear to have been retained rather than re-recorded, which means players will once again get to hear David Duchovny as XIII, rapper Eve as XIII’s Army buddy Jones, and Adam West as General Ben Carrington. Players will also be able to enjoy a 4-player local multiplayer mode, taking each other on in classic split-screen style
The remake of XIII will be available November 10 for $49.99 USD. A Limited Edition version of the game is also available for $59.99 USD, and comes with a collector’s steelbook case with special sleeve, three art cards, a digital copy of the game’s original soundtrack, and the Golden Classic Weapon Skins Pack.