Brian Provinciano, the developer behind the award-winning indie darling Retro City Rampage
confirmed yesterday that his game will be coming to Xbox LIVE Arcade in the Summer of 2011.
For those unaware, Retro City Rampage
was one of the big indie hits of PAX 2010, garnering awards from several media outlets. Provinciano self-financed the title and is cashing in the rest of his retirement fund to finish the development.
The official site for RCR describes the game with some Valve-esque tongue-in-cheek humor:
The entire open-world is in danger.
THE PLAYER is out for a friendly frolic of CRIME CAPERS when suddenly ambushed by EVIL GOOD GUYS. They will stop at nothing to end his RAMPAGE OF DOOM threatening the citizens of Theftropolis City. Are YOU bad enough to defeat the EVIL GOOD GUYS?
RETRO CITY RAMPAGE lets you play as THE PLAYER. Take the wheel with five-finger discounts on over 30 vehicles and wield over 20 weapons that will make you say "WHOA"! Run down innocent pedestrians to hear the magnificent monophonic modulated sounds. Order a pint of "SOUR MILK" from the barkeep to make yourself sick and avoid taking responsibility for your actions. At some point, defeat the EVIL GOOD GUYS then relax and go do it, when you want an ICED TEA.
While the game is designed as an 8-bit parody of open world crime games like Grand Theft Auto
, Provinciano confirmed to Kotaku that the XBLA version of the game will have "native widescreen support, HD video filters and additional live functionality including a challenge mode, character creator and video replays."
If you're having trouble remembering the greatness that was the graphics of the 8-bit generation, feast your eyes on a few screenshots.
Once again, Retro City Rampage
is due for release in the Summer of 2011.