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Auran's Dark Reign remade and available on Xbox Marketplace

Submitted by Mike G - Lime Rocket (not verified) on Thu, 02/02/12 - 1:02 AM Permalink

Dark Reign was so ahead of it's time and never got the hype it deserved. I can't wait to get this and play some games with my girl since it was the first game we could both get into way back in 1997 (yup we are over 30 :D).

Magnetar Games has brought back Auran's popular 1997 RTS game, Dark Reign: The Future of War. The Canadian based developer made a deal to remake the game with publishing giant, Activision, to produce an accurate remake for the Xbox 360 console. It seems they had encounter a small hitch with bringing it to the Xbox Live Marketplace, but it looks to be all sorted out now...

(Magnetar Games) We have worked out a deal with Activision to remake the game. The art assets are fully authorized. The legal issues has been reviewed by Activision's lawyer. Dark Reign is a remake game QA'd by Activision. Under this term, with fully licensed art assets, we still cannot publish the game onto the indie channel?

The remake, titled Dark Reign Redux, is available now on Xbox Live for 400 points (or roughly $5), and there's a free demo version available to try out beforehand. If you're wondering how the heck you're supposed to play this originally keyboard-controlled PC game on the Xbox controller, then you'll need to study this diagram for a little bit.

For those of you on a PC, Magnetar Games have also made available a cut-down Microsoft Silverlight demo of the game to try out in your browser (with a maximum resolution of up to 1024 x 768). The Silverlight plugin is of course required. Magnetar Games are also planning a mobile version of Dark Reign Redux in the very near future.