'Rogue' has new mission: Xbox, PS3, PC


Video game publisher Bethesda Softworks is bringing Simon & Schuster's best-selling book franchise "Rogue Warrior" to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC gamers in fall 2007.

In development at Zombie Studios, the story-driven shooter will put players in the boots of a Navy SEAL who leads a team behind enemy lines in North Korea on a covert mission to assess the threat posed by the country's nuclear arsenal.

According to Mark Long, lead producer at Zombie Studios, "Rogue" is based on an original story that Richard Marcinko, author of the book series, wrote in collaboration with the game makers.

"Dick's team gets trapped in North Korea, and World War III breaks out between North and South Korea," Long said. "With only limited weapons and gear, the team must escape and evade the enemy while attempting to make it back to the DMZ."

Bethesda Softworks president Vlatko Andonov said "Rogue" marks the publisher's return to the popular shooter genre, which it most recently explored with its "Terminator" game franchise on PC.

Central to the game's single and multiplayer experience is the idea of a freeform battlefield, where players are given the freedom to choose how to complete a given objective, allowing for creativity and surprises rather than heavily scripted events and tightly contained spaces traditionally used in the genre.