Avalanche Studios, the outfit behind Just Cause 2, has signed a publishing deal with SEGA to release their first multiplayer title. The newly-announced Renegade Ops is set to provide downloadable twinstick vehicular mayhem that takes its cues from classic shooters, and is slated for release later this year. More details below.
Renegade Ops will challenge players to join a mobile commando unit of elite operatives who are tasked with defeating (surprise, surprise) a mysterious and sinister terrorist organisation. To do so, we'll be able to leap into a selection of vehicles and wield powerful weapons such as gatling guns and EMP strikes. Apparently the gameplay takes inspiration from Cannon Fodder and Jungle Strike, which is... well, it's absolutely fantastic news. Those are two games worth remaking right there.
A singleplayer campaign (described to Eurogamer as "quite big") will be supplemented by a two-player couch cooperative mode and up to four players online. No news as-yet about competitive multiplayer.
A number of developers in the studio wanted to try developing a smaller digital project, so we gathered a team, built a new IP and SEGA gave us the opportunity to carry this out. The IP is all about driving or flying around blowing stuff up while playing with your friends and that to us, is a dream-project. - Avalanche Senior Producer Andreas Thorsén
Speaking to VG247, the design team suggested that Renegade Ops will be the first of a number of forays into the downloadable games arena, and is currently set for release this year on PC, XBLA and the Playstation Network. We'll keep you posted as we hear more about the project.