Kalypso Media is known for its trademark Tropico series, which sees players take control of an island with a South American leader -or dictator, depending on your choices- at its helm. Now Kalypso has made a surprise move and has bought the rights to the beloved Commandos franchise, which was developed by Pyro games. Commandos was one of the most loved and critically acclaimed point and click military strategy games, in the vein of Command and Conquer, but more similar to later games that copied Commandos’ style, such as Desperados, another classic of the point and click era, by Infogrames.
The move by Kalypso Media has received praise by fans of Tropico and Commandos games, hoping that Kalypso makes a worthy sequel to the franchise. Kalypso has promised that it will re-master the old titles for current day consoles and PC, while also developing a brand new game. Ignazio Perez from Pyro Studios, the original studio that developed the Commandos games, commented; “We have been looking for a suitable partner for the continuation of our products and brands for a long time. Kalypso has great expertise and experience with rebooting well-known titles, and we are delighted to have our IP in such good hands.”
Kalypso Media’s Simon Hellwig, the founder of the studio, had this to add: “We have great respect for what the Pyro Studios team have accomplished and created throughout the history of the studio. We see it as our responsibility to revive and further develop these beloved games for fans around the world. Of course, this will include the development of a completely new game for all platforms, but also an extensive adaptation of the existing titles for contemporary technologies and platforms. We’re incredibly excited about the opportunities, and will begin speaking to potential development studios in the near future.”