Feel like 1997's Starship Troopers left a little to be desired? You're not alone. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions is taking another stab at it with the fully animated Starship Troopers: Invasion, due out this summer. And it won't be alone: there will be a companion game released for iOS.

Starship Troopers: Invasion (the game) is being developed by industry newcomer Spectre Media, and it looks like its coming along well. The game is going to be an on-rails third-person action game, set in the universe of the film but not hitting quite the same story notes. Both take place on an isolated Federation outpost, Fort Casey, that's under attack by the Bugs, the arachnid enemy from the Robert Heinlein novel and the films. The hero, a member of the Terran Federation's Mobile Infantry, is alone and up against a huge enemy force.

It sounds as though Spectre Media has been inspired to some degree by Infinity Blade. Players will explore the environment, taking the occasional branching path to discover the secrets and destroy the bugs of Fort Casey. There will be upgradable weapons and power armor, resources that can be gathered and IAP options. Combat will consist of tapping to shoot and gesture-based weapon swapping.

From what we've seen, Starship Troopers: Invasion has some serious potential. It's done a good job of mixing tension with cathartic action. There's a need for stealth as you travel through the game's hallways and caverns: make too much of a scene, and you'll draw the attention of infestations of Bugs while you're stuck in narrow corridors. A rear-view camera lets you know when Bugs are sneaking up behind you, and then you'll have a choice. Will you stand and fight and risk bringing the full wrath of the Bugs down on you, or will you flee?

Story-wise, the game runs parallel to the movie, tying into it without telling the same tale. It can be enjoyed with or without the film, but the story from each will enhance the other. Invasion also bears hints of a greater story for fans of the novel. If you're an action nut, it sounds like you can safely ignore it and keep mowing down bugs, but there's lots out there to be found for the curious player. Plus, the assets for the game are shared from the film production, so it's sure to look great when it's complete.

Starship Troopers: Invasion will be released this summer on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Spectre Media hasn't finalized price point for the launch, but they don't expect it to be higher than $0.99. We'll bring you more info as it's available.

  • E_7

    "hallways and caverns". Nice. Sounds like amazing variety.

    I loved the first Starship troopers movie, still do. Second was... meh. Third was utter crap, and they lost me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/alexis.lojek Lex Lojek

      Read the book, kid. You'll learn something.

      • E_7

        I will, I will. Picking it up tomorrow - only found out from this article that there is/was one at all. I was... 8 when I saw the first movie for the first time.

        Doesn't excuse the terrible sequels though.

      • http://twitter.com/Beards2 Beards_Game

        Too bad they aren't using the actual MOBILE INFANTRY armor. He's just running around. No jump? No mini-nukes? Sheesh. That's just a dude in armor. :(
        I wish they got it right in the movies.

      • http://www.facebook.com/lanceemartin Lance Martin

        Just you wait and see my friend. That's just a very rough demo.

      • http://www.facebook.com/lanceemartin Lance Martin

        We have models up of the mobile infantry armor we are using in game on our facebook page www.facebook.com/SpectreMedia

    • http://www.facebook.com/lanceemartin Lance Martin

      That's just the tip of the iceberg, there's going to be much to discover in this game than just running around some hallways and caverns. We will make you one of the first beta testers just to prove it! :)

      • E_7

         Ooooooh... I'm okay with that. :)

        I just hope the game is more like the first movie than the sequels. Darn you for getting my hopes up!

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexis.lojek Lex Lojek

    I hate to rip on something before its even released, but it's probably going to be terrible, just like the movies. Go read the book, people.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lanceemartin Lance Martin

      Hope to prove you wrong on this one. It's actually geared more towards the book than the original movie, just sayin. Stay up to date on the facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spectre-Media-LLC/378702178823247

  • http://www.facebook.com/thefunkyphilsterwiththegrooves Phil Dodd

    Did anyone else play the awesome Avalon Hill board game? Loved that (and the book)

    • Bill Logan

      The book is awesome, but, regrettably, I missed the AH board game. I've never understood why companies haven't moved towards porting those great AH and SPI hex-based wargames to iOS. The iPad would be a great device to play them on, and if you had a decent AI, you wouldn't have to worry so much about finding an opponent. 

  • MVMNT

    So it will just be a port of the original game but re-marketed for those too young/of better taste to have noticed it first time around?

    • http://www.facebook.com/lanceemartin Lance Martin

      No not at all actually, we plan to make this a completely different game.

  • Tim Cant

    "Feel like 1997's Starship Troopers left a little to be desired?"
    Denise Richards at her hawtest, NPH, Michael Ironside, CGI bugs, naked bodies, laser guns... WTF are you talking about?!?!?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/PixelShock Stephen Harrell

    Most kids on here are way too young to know much about the original film, but Starship Troopers is a cult classic by geek standards. It was directed by Paul Verhoeven who also dropped the first Robocop around that same time, and both films SERIOUSLY pushed the boundaries for mainstream movies with zero-punches-pulled violence. It certainly didn't win any academy awards, but to speak badly of it at a comic convention could get you mauled and hung. Regardless, it's as close as you're going to get to a full-blown action flick version of Starcraft as a movie. And for it's time, it had the best special effects ever seen in a sci-fi flick.

    • http://twitter.com/RobCampbell RobCampbell

      Ummm....  I'm old enough to remember both clearly and Robocop came out like 10 YEARS before Starship Troopers!

      They were both fantastic movies though.  Robocop was far more serious where as Starship troopers is more of a satire on wartime propaganda.  Both classics.

      I agree with other posters though that the Starship Troopers sequels were horrible!!

  • http://twitter.com/ToddMcFly1 Todd McFly

    When I saw the film was going to be CGI animated, I was hoping to see them finally complete the "Roughnecks" cartoon show. How disappointing :(

    For those who have never seen the cartoon series:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roughnecks:_Starship_Troopers_Chronicles
    http://www.hulu.com/roughnecks-starship-troopers-chronicles
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_9moZ0ZzhY