Good news, that Commander Keen mobile game has been officially cancelled.
Seems like ZeniMax Online Studios realized how much of a terrible idea it was and deleted almost every single trace of it off social media. https://t.co/3YdvPLgIYF pic.twitter.com/jtx5G8jH0w
— Pixelbuster (@Nitomatta) June 25, 2020
This very much appeared to be a Commander Keen game in name alone, shifting the focus from charming platforming action towards real-time card battles. You could decide whether to play as Billy or Billie, the original Commander Keen’s twin children, then use a host of impressive gadgets to claim victory in bitesized matches.
This one’s announcement at E3 last year was not particularly well received at all, which is a shame given how long it’s been since the last game in the series. Twitter user @Nitomatta (via Pocketgamer.biz) was first to notice the quiet removal of info, and at the time of writing, their post sits at 3.6k likes, which is potentially more than the < 5k downloads Commander Keen has racked up during its time on Google Play.
I’m not particularly knowledgeable when it comes to the series, which I imagine is true of most people under the age of 25, but this attempt at a mobile reboot still felt deeply off. Who was it for exactly? Why did it have to be such a radical departure from the earlier games? It looked like the sort of project that gets made simply because someone owns the rights to a potentially popular IP and wants to get something – anything – out there.
Commander Keen’s Google Play page is still live for now, though I suspect it won’t stay that way for long.
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