rogueplanet_001Agharta Studios' Rogue Planet was the surprise of WWDC this year for me. I had a last minute meeting with CEO Aurelien Kerbeci where he pulled his iPhone out of his pocket and proceeded to blow me away with a game that was so far above and beyond my expectations that I was nearly speechless.

During this meeting, Kebeci mentioned that the game was still in development, but at the time only had two weeks to go before submitting their game to Apple for approval. We posted this in our exclusive preview, the forums caught wind, and then Rogue Planet vanished without a trace. Emails to Agharta Studios were met with cryptic responses about a mysterious "big name" publisher and a September release date.

Needless to say, we were left scratching out heads, and nothing came of Rogue Planet aside from forum members randomly bumping the thread asking if anyone had any new information every once in a while. That is, until today, when the following video appeared on Gameloft's YouTube channel:

As you can see from the trailer, Rogue Planet is a turn based strategy game with the same amazing art style seen in Agharta's other game,1112 [$4.99 / Free]. We posted other details in our preview along with a gameplay video, but it has been so long since we last saw the game that it's hard to say how much of it is still the same from what was shown at WWDC.

Per the video, Rogue Planet is going to be released on the 24th, and assuming they can stick with that date I have a pretty good idea of what I will be spending my Thanksgiving holiday weekend playing. Needless to say, as soon as we get more information about this game we will post it, and hopefully will have a better preview very soon.

Agharta Studios' partnership with Gameloft as a publisher is a very interesting one. While Gameloft seems to have dabbled in publishing other titles in the past, for the most part has done much of their iPhone game development in house.

  • http://techulous.com diffusion8r

    YES! Finally! Have been waiting months for this!

  • http://techulous.com diffusion8r

    YES! Finally! Have been waiting months for this!

  • TiredOfMiniGames

    must.... have... now...!!

    Please somebody freeze me till it's out!

  • TiredOfMiniGames

    must.... have... now...!!

    Please somebody freeze me till it's out!

  • cprloe

    This looks good and will likely be a day one purchase for me. The cutscenes and snippets of gameplay remind me of Advance Wars: Days of Ruin for the DS. That's a good thing.

  • cprloe

    This looks good and will likely be a day one purchase for me. The cutscenes and snippets of gameplay remind me of Advance Wars: Days of Ruin for the DS. That's a good thing.

  • monkeys

    I was starting to think this game was all a hoax. Definitely one to look forward to.

  • monkeys

    I was starting to think this game was all a hoax. Definitely one to look forward to.

  • Brinkman

    I wish it was Hex based :-/

  • Brinkman

    I wish it was Hex based :-/

  • DaverJ

    Looks AWESOME... as cprloe said, like an iPhone Advance Wars. I'm in.

  • DaverJ

    Looks AWESOME... as cprloe said, like an iPhone Advance Wars. I'm in.

  • Icepulse

    It looks pretty, but too bad it seems to incorporate the Japanese SRPG type of mechanics, vs. the more compelling western-style of tactical combat, a la "Rebelstar: Tactical Command".

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpBip7RRrwg

    From Julian Gollop, father of the X-Com family.

    Line-of-sight, and destructible cover.... Ahhh!!!

    • DJ Cubs

      Hell yeah - iPhone Rebelstar or Lazersquad would be AWESOME :B

      The Gollop games are much better than all that Final Fantasy Tactics-style shiz

  • Icepulse

    It looks pretty, but too bad it seems to incorporate the Japanese SRPG type of mechanics, vs. the more compelling western-style of tactical combat, a la "Rebelstar: Tactical Command".

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpBip7RRrwg

    From Julian Gollop, father of the X-Com family.

    Line-of-sight, and destructible cover.... Ahhh!!!

    • DJ Cubs

      Hell yeah - iPhone Rebelstar or Lazersquad would be AWESOME :B

      The Gollop games are much better than all that Final Fantasy Tactics-style shiz

  • araczynski

    i'll wait for a demo, these are usually not my cup of tea.

  • araczynski

    i'll wait for a demo, these are usually not my cup of tea.

  • http://www.designisgrowth.com DannyV

    Nice! This game looks really pretty! Though, not my type of game. But if I was into these type of games I'd go for it.

  • http://www.designisgrowth.com DannyV

    Nice! This game looks really pretty! Though, not my type of game. But if I was into these type of games I'd go for it.

  • thechansen

    Man, I would have enjoyed the hell out of this alot more if it were an X-Com knock off, but I'll certainly take another highly polished Advanced Wars knockoff (I don't mean this to be derogatory of the games mentioned, but I can't very well call them both turn based strategy games). I liked Mecho Wars, but it wasn't up to AWs level. This seems interesting, and having Gameloft attached will certainly help get a few extra sales based off the name alone.

  • thechansen

    Man, I would have enjoyed the hell out of this alot more if it were an X-Com knock off, but I'll certainly take another highly polished Advanced Wars knockoff (I don't mean this to be derogatory of the games mentioned, but I can't very well call them both turn based strategy games). I liked Mecho Wars, but it wasn't up to AWs level. This seems interesting, and having Gameloft attached will certainly help get a few extra sales based off the name alone.

  • Sam

    LOL at 1:02 Karl says: "You wouldn't like me when I'm angy!"
    typooooo

    • http://www.designisgrowth.com DannyV

      He had beef on his mind (angus). :D

  • Sam

    LOL at 1:02 Karl says: "You wouldn't like me when I'm angy!"
    typooooo

    • http://www.designisgrowth.com DannyV

      He had beef on his mind (angus). :D

  • Jim

    November 24th? That's a million years away. I want it now.
    Oh well.

  • Jim

    November 24th? That's a million years away. I want it now.
    Oh well.

  • Martin

    Looking forward to it. Frankly I'm surprised we haven't seen more Advance Wars style games on the iPhone, or even the real deal from Intelligent Systems.

    • spiffyone

      Why are you surprised you haven't seen the "real deal from Intelligent Systems"?

      Intelligent Systems is a Nintendo 1st party dev studio. Nintendo doesn't support non-Nintendo hardware with Nintendo developed and/or published software. Won't happen.

  • Martin

    Looking forward to it. Frankly I'm surprised we haven't seen more Advance Wars style games on the iPhone, or even the real deal from Intelligent Systems.

    • spiffyone

      Why are you surprised you haven't seen the "real deal from Intelligent Systems"?

      Intelligent Systems is a Nintendo 1st party dev studio. Nintendo doesn't support non-Nintendo hardware with Nintendo developed and/or published software. Won't happen.

  • gamer

    Maybe they are trying to slowly sneak in 1112 for Gameloft financial backing and publishing so that episodes don't take a year apiece.

    • http://www.iphonelife.com/ Menneisyys

      That'd be great - I've played thru Fade (the WinMo predecessor of 1112) on Windows Mobile and just loved it. And 1112, while pretty similar to Fade in the game logics, is SOO much better-looking.

  • Howard

    Makes Advance Wars look like a poor man's game! I hope the gameplay is as impressive as the production values.

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      No one who has actually played Advance Wars would say that. Best turn-based combat game ever.

  • gamer

    Maybe they are trying to slowly sneak in 1112 for Gameloft financial backing and publishing so that episodes don't take a year apiece.

    • http://www.iphonelife.com/ Menneisyys

      That'd be great - I've played thru Fade (the WinMo predecessor of 1112) on Windows Mobile and just loved it. And 1112, while pretty similar to Fade in the game logics, is SOO much better-looking.

  • Howard

    Makes Advance Wars look like a poor man's game! I hope the gameplay is as impressive as the production values.

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      No one who has actually played Advance Wars would say that. Best turn-based combat game ever.

  • NDN_Shadow

    Looks like a Gameloft game I might actually buy. (Considering it's not actually made by Gameloft). Really nice graphics and design. And though it does take it's root's from Advance Wars, it doesn't try to be blatant copy (*cough*Sandstorm:ModernWarfare,HeroOfSparta,Gangstar*cough*).

  • NDN_Shadow

    Looks like a Gameloft game I might actually buy. (Considering it's not actually made by Gameloft). Really nice graphics and design. And though it does take it's root's from Advance Wars, it doesn't try to be blatant copy (*cough*Sandstorm:ModernWarfare,HeroOfSparta,Gangstar*cough*).

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    This looks awesome.

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    This looks awesome.

  • TKO

    Wow, this really does look good. Love turn based strategy. I've definitely gotta try this. Can't wait.

  • TKO

    Wow, this really does look good. Love turn based strategy. I've definitely gotta try this. Can't wait.

  • Robbo

    Thank GOD. Been waiting for this for months.

  • Robbo

    Thank GOD. Been waiting for this for months.