A remaster of the crime-themed FPS is coming later this year.
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3D Realms and Interplay are working on a remaster of the decidedly old-school FPS, Kingpin: Life of Crime. The original came out back in June 1999, which may actually be before your time depending on your age. It was released on Linux and Windows and ran off of id Tech 2, the same engine that powered Quake II.

The remastered release is entitled Kingpin: Reloaded and is in development for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. It will be released later this year and will include some enhancements over 20+ year old original. Well, I sure as hell hope it would.

Kingpin: Reloaded will apparently still be built off of id Tech 2. However, it will now allow for 4K resolutions, ultrawide support, and "improved graphics in Enhanced mode." There is also controller support for those that prefer to play it with that on the PC. There are also new quest and conversation systems that improve upon the original.

In Kingpin, you will start at the bottom of a criminal empire. You were left for dead after the Kingpin's lieutenant, Nikki Blanco, beats the crap out of you. You rise up, much like gamers, and set out to exact your revenge. The game has this whole "stylized noir art deco gangland" vibe going for it. In simple terms: It's gritty.

There is an optional "no violence" mode included with the game. You could make use of it, but the swearing from the characters will remain intact.

Right now, the game doesn't have a price set, but I can't imagine it'll break the bank when it's released. You can check it out for yourself at the 3D Realms website. Kingpin: Reloaded will be shown off at this weekend's PAX South event at the 3D Realms booth.



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In a stylized noir art deco gangland that never was, the Kingpin rules above all else with a bloody fist. When his lieutenant Nikki Blanco leaves a no-name Thug battered and broken, the upstart criminal rises from a puddle of blood, lead pipe in hand and revenge in mind.

Kingpin: Reloaded brings new life to the Quake II engine classic. 4K resolution, ultrawide support, and improved graphics in Enhanced mode enable the beautifully-depicted metropolitan nightmare shine. Controller support makes the game more accessible for anyone who wants to explore the depths of Kingpin’s depravity. Overall improvements like new quest and conversation systems make Reloaded even better than the original.

Stalk lamp-lit streets and take down rival gangs to let the Kingpin know his end is nigh. Kingpin’s immersive sim elements allow the Thug to recruit other gangsters with a conversation system. Increase the Thug’s influence through multiple hub-based missions. Run with the gang on a violent warpath with upgradeable weapons including Tommy guns, bazookas, and more. Location-based damage leads to bloody, thrilling battles: kneecap, maim, or go for the head.

Kingpin doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, due to unfortunately releasing in an era when games were blamed for societal problems,” said Frederik Schreiber, founder of 3D Realms. “We have the privilege of giving it a second chance for people who never heard of it, and sprucing it up for diehard fans yearning to go back to a life of (simulated!) crime.”