THQ Nordic acquires Rad Rogers IP today, as Slipgate Studios and 3D Realms come to an agreement with the publisher to let them finish development and put Rad Rogers out on PS4 and XB1 (we’ve reached out to ask about Switch development as well). Previously Rad’s new adventure was a Kickstarted game, released to acclaim on Steam last December, but it seems it ran into development hurdles on consoles. Newly founded Slipgate turned its attention to VR, and Rad was left hanging.
But no more! THQ Nordic will be bringing it to console in the near future.
From the press release:
“Rad Rodgers was a game we had a lot of fun developing. Beginning with the successful crowd-funding campaign which motivated us extremely, through to the loads of responses and praise we got from fans of the game. It was a great experience for us and now we are happy to let THQ Nordic take over this, as we have the feeling they do not just buy games but do take good care of them too.” – Frederik Schreiber, Slipgate Studios.
“Rad Rodgers was recently nominated for the award “Best Technical Achievement” at Spilprisen 2017 in Denmark” said Josh Olin, VP Publishing at 3D Realms. “We’re honored to have had the chance to work with such a creative group of indie developers and are happy we could help find Rad Rodgers such a promising new future with our friends at THQ Nordic! 3D Realms will continue our mission to help innovative indies find greater levels of success, faster.”
What is the new Rad Rogers all about?
Rad is a rambunctious but spirited young boy who maybe plays too many video games. After dozing off at the tail end of a long night of gaming, Rad awakens to find his dusty old console has turned itself back on. Suddenly a vortex emerges and he’s sucked into his TV, where he finds himself the star in his very own video game adventure.
Dusty is Rad’s good-hearted but foul-mouthed, now-sentient game console. His clock speed isn’t what it used to be, but what he lacks for in megahertz he makes up for with experience and attitude!
Rad & Dusty’s adventure begins in the First World, taking them through seven dangerous stages of action-packed, humor-filled, hardcore platforming fun. This decaying jungle world has been infected by a fierce corruption, and it’s up to the unlikely buddy-duo Rad and Dusty to save the jungle’s inhabitants and restore the Elder Tree as guardian of the land.
- Weapons: Dusty arms Rad with a variety of radical bad-ass weaponry. The Bolt Blaster has unlimited ammo, is easy to use, and more than enough firepower to get the job done. The Phoenix Cannon shoots out a fiery bird whose wingspan lights enemies ablaze as it flies by. There are 5+ weapons in this first chapter, with more to come.
- Sounds & Music: Our composer Andrew Hulshult combined his years of musical experience (both performing and writing) with his passion for retro-style gaming to create an amazing and authentic soundtrack for the game complete with MIDI-inspired music… And synthesizers!
- The Pixelverse: While Rad and Dusty are a great team, only Dusty can enter the electrified Pixelverse — a dangerous spacetime-breaking region that exists behind the game world. Dusty enters the Pixelverse when necessary to repair glitches in the running game world, allowing both Rad & Dusty to continue their journey.
- Classic Easter Eggs: The game features hard-to-find collectibles in sometimes even harder-to-find classic secret rooms. Use your precision platforming skills to collect ’em all.