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LucasArts Announces RTX Red Rock 07 May, 2002, 12:33 / 38 comments

The first full E3 spotlight is up at LucasArts. The game? RTX Red Rock, a sci-fi comic book-inspired 3rd person action/adventure set 100 years in the future. Here's a bit from the press release:
Action in RTX Red Rock is distinguished by Wheeler's unique mechanized abilities, granted to him through a series of medical operations to mend previous combat injuries. Wheeler's synthetic right arm is both tool and weapon, upgradeable to grappling hook, taser, grenade launcher, and more. Likewise, his synthetic left eye is sensitive to special wavelengths and can be used to locate and target hidden aliens, identify traps, and uncover power-ups throughout the game's 10 levels.
The full press release as well as some very nice in-game and concept art can be found at the RTX Red Rock site. The game looks to be available Spring 2003 for PlayStation 2 and Gamecube.

Update: For those curious, RTX Red Rock is being headed up by Hal Barwood, who is known best as the project lead on Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis. Also, the game is being developed entirely in-house at LucasArts (versus being outsourced like many of their titles right now).

Comments

  • twifkak on 07 May, 2002, 23:13…
    http://gamespot.com/gamespot/filters/products/0,11114,561277,00.html

    Check out the preview while it's still free. (Note: Only the second page contains anything not on the LEC page.)
  • Sloth on 07 May, 2002, 18:12…
    I actually heard about this yesterday from a friend who sent me this quote from OPM (The Official Playstation Magazine). It also had some interesting information about another game that you guys may be interested in:

    "Starfighter makes the move to PC, and the sequel, Jedi Starfighter, adds funky Jedi powers to the original concept on PS2. Racer Revenge also takes the previous N64 game, propels it eight years into the future, and shows just how fast the PS2 can make a racing game feel.

    New games are announced for the future as LucasArts moves away from its Star Wars-heavy roster: Gladius and RTX: Red Rock (see Previews this month), along with a reinvention of the excellent Full Throttle franchise from 1995. Massively multiplayer Star Wars: Galaxies has everyone excited, while the world of Star Wars bounty hunters finally gets a game in the shape of the Jango-inspired Star Wars: Bounty Hunter."
  • Jayel on 07 May, 2002, 18:37…
    WHAT YOU SAY!!!
  • Trapezoid on 07 May, 2002, 22:48…
    YOU HAVE NO CHANCE TO SURVIVE MAKE YOUR TIME.
    No smorking.
  • Jayel on 07 May, 2002, 23:11…
    LOL!
    I love Engrish.
  • twifkak on 07 May, 2002, 23:14…
    VICTOLY!
  • GJ on 07 May, 2002, 17:55…
    Ugh. Apparently this isn't going to be on the PC and I'm not buying a console just for one game. I wanted The Dig 2 as well.
  • Cursed Tuna on 07 May, 2002, 17:08…
    In my opinion, this game looks very good. It's an original game, it has a good style, and it is going to be headed up by the creator of one of the greatest adventures LEC has ever produced. but... I'm not going to buy it, because i haven't got any console, and I won't buy one just to play a game. I hope there will be a conversion.
  • SamNMax on 07 May, 2002, 16:32…
    I've got every classic systom and a lot of classic games from LEC! I'm not gonna let this one pass me! :)
  • xo3k on 07 May, 2002, 16:04…
    I bought Force Commander, Outlaws, and even Masters of Teras Kasi. For better or for worse i'm gonna buy this! Is anyone elce getting a sinking sensation?
  • QueZTone on 08 May, 2002, 03:44…
    ugh if you think Outlaws is bad then you'd better unregister :P
  • The_Petrified_Monkey on 08 May, 2002, 01:27…
    Outlaws kicked ass!!! Force Commander was ahead of it's time and overly complicated but I'll let you off with Masters of Teras Kasi. That was just plain bad!
  • duckbrother on 07 May, 2002, 15:49…
    I wanted 'the Dig 2'! :-(
  • The_Petrified_Monkey on 08 May, 2002, 01:38…
    I wanted Woman In The Church... Some things are just never going to happen...
  • SamNMax on 07 May, 2002, 16:33…
    Yeah it's a cryin shame. :(
  • Ben_Whatsisname on 07 May, 2002, 15:44…
    Uhhh - So LucasArts is gonna completely leave the computer market from the looks of it, huh? Oh well... If they ever make FT2, then I might buy a console if it's console only, but until then, I guess the Nintendo generation wins. :( I guess EMI was a test to see if LEC was ready to make the jump to the big screen - of TV, that is...
  • Jake on 07 May, 2002, 17:24…
    Oi, if you're going to put it that way you're just being silly. For one yeah consoles make a ton more than PC games do so from a business standpoint making lots of console games is wise. Also though remember that if by chance or by spin they've been doing a good job of theming the last 2 years E3's. Last year was "never underestimate the power of the force" talking about the alleged return of 'quality' Star Wars games, and this year is "heroes for the next generation," implying that they're offering some varied memorable console titles. Who says next year wont be "PC FRANCHISE GAME CITY: E3 2003?"
  • SamNMax on 07 May, 2002, 16:35…
    Thats a good idea! I can see it now! Lucasarts enters the world of Lucasfilm! :D
  • Narrative on 07 May, 2002, 15:27…
    well its.... different.

    Coming from LEC, This is a very good step in right direction. Didn't see this one coming.

    On the right track now after a fair few years.

    good stuff
  • TheRealSchmatz on 07 May, 2002, 14:56…
    Dunno about everyone else, but I'm definately not digging his apparel... it looks like he plays soccer. And I get a sortt of Half-Life level feeling when I look at the screenshots. Plus the guns look a little corny, but besides that it looks kinda OK... hopefully the story will be good, considering it is Hal in charge...
  • The_Petrified_Monkey on 08 May, 2002, 01:24…
    He looks like someone out of the new Star Trek series :-( Not a good thing unless you are Scott Bakula. Only he can pull things like that off.
  • LucasTones on 07 May, 2002, 14:04…
    Rogue Leader is the tops. Yes.
  • The_Petrified_Monkey on 07 May, 2002, 13:43…
    I just KNEW they had to be working on something in-house. I take back what I said about Lucasarts selling out. With Hal Barwood, it should be pretty adventure driven as well as a bit of combat. It is shaping up pretty nicely. They obviously still need to add dynamic lighting etc.

    Makes me glad I got a Gamecube. Oh yeah, and Rogue Leader was pretty tops!

    So, what does that make the other game? Hmmmm...
  • Jayel on 07 May, 2002, 13:32…
    If it contains a lot of humour and doesn't take itself so seriously (though unlikely), I'll buy it - along with a PS2.
    :)
  • The_Petrified_Monkey on 07 May, 2002, 13:44…
    It may have the sort of Dig dry wit rather than the usual Lucasarts "wet your pants" comedy.
  • SamNMax on 07 May, 2002, 16:37…
    Your right. look at the screenshots, the only comedy they can put in THAT is refrances in other games.
  • Jake on 07 May, 2002, 17:45…
    They have comedy in the style of things like The Abyss. That or I'm reading too much into it. I think things like blue throw rugs below the sink when you're in a space colony are funny.
  • Jayel on 07 May, 2002, 13:53…
    The future, the world in danger, sexy digital sidekick, superpowers, alien ships, mysterious Old Souls, etc...
    It's already starting to sound a lot like Anachronox.
  • The_Petrified_Monkey on 08 May, 2002, 01:33…
    LOL! It's scary but true... Maybe Lucasarts haven't caught onto the fact that they are rewriting an unsuccessful PC game... :-)
  • Dalixam on 07 May, 2002, 13:13…
    An original game is good, but it doesn't look very good and futuristic games are not really my favorite. Also, I don't own any of the consoles and I don't plan on buying any.
  • Remi O on 07 May, 2002, 12:35…
    It's original, and it looks pretty good. Not bad at all, although not my cup of tea.
  • telarium on 07 May, 2002, 12:35…
    I do like the comic book feel of the screenshots. It looks promising, although it's too bad I don't have either a PS2 or a Gamecube.
  • glottis42 on 07 May, 2002, 12:41…
    Of course the one original title they announce comes out on the systems I dont have.
  • Jake on 07 May, 2002, 12:53…
    "Heroes for the Next Generation" vry obviously implies "consoles" at the end of that sentence. :) Doesn't mean we won't see any PC games though.
  • telarium on 07 May, 2002, 12:53…
    If you count Indiana Jones as an "original" title, then you have that to look forward to on PC as well as console systems. I'm not sure if you can consider this original, but these days, original seems to mean non-Star Wars.
  • Remi O on 07 May, 2002, 12:46…
    Gladius is another original title, and there could be more. Guess you just have to wait and see. :)
  • twifkak on 07 May, 2002, 15:29…
    "Guess you just have to wait and see."

    You? YOU?! What do you mean, "you"? You know something I don't?
  • Remi O on 07 May, 2002, 15:32…
    WE, I mean! Geeze, gotta be careful with what one posts here. :)