"The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics" and "Starship Troopers - Terran Command" are both in line for 2020 releases, the former building on a Netflix revival and the latter potentially tied to a movie franchise reboot.
The studio behind "Stranger Things 3: The Game" is working on a turn-based tactical adventure based on Netflix series "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance."
Called "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics," the February 2020 release will have players lead characters from the show through more than 50 turn-based battles, recruiting new allies, upgrading and customizing them, and undertaking a journey through five different territories from the show.
Initially projected for a 2019 release, publisher En Masse Entertainment has now settled on a February 4 date across Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Mac and PC.
Its developer, BonusXP, already has experience with Netflix properties, having made 2017's "Stranger Things: The Game" for iOS and then July 2019's slightly less well received "Stranger Things 3: The Game" for Switch, PS4, XBO, PC and iOS.
Acting as a prequel for beloved 1982 Jim Henson puppet movie "The Dark Crystal," a second season of Netflix's revival has not yet been confirmed, though its showrunners have indicated preparedness for another round.
Early material regarding "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics" suggests a connection in terms of gameplay to "Final Fantasy Tactics," "Fire Emblem," and current-day torchbearers like "XCOM 2," "Into the Breach" and "Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle."
Its announcement occurs just as "Phoenix Point," a new game from the creator of the overall "X-COM" franchise, launches on PS4, XBO, Mac, and PC.
The release date rejig also comes shortly after "Starship Troopers: Terran Command" surfaced.
It's a 2020 real-time strategy in development at The Aristocrats, a studio previously known for World War II-themed "Order of Battle."
Claiming as its inspiration the 1997 action movie satire based on Robert A. Heinlein's controversial 1959 novel "Starship Troopers," its name recalls foundational franchise "Command & Conquer."
Meanwhile, publisher Slitherine identifies a modern trend for genre titles that are "fast-paced [and] successfully blend unit management, survival and captivating storytelling" -- perhaps a reference to the legacy of "StarCraft" and "StarCraft II," often noted for its similarities to the original "Starship Troopers" novel.
The first "Starship Troopers" film spawned four more over a two-decade span, with the writers of the recent "Baywatch," "Friday the 13th" and "Freddy vs. Jason" movies attached to a proposed reboot since 2016.