THQ Nordic and Weappy Studios have announced the next game set in the This is the Police universe. Rebel Cops is a stealth, turn-based tactics game. Players control a squad of ex-cops with one goal in mind; take down their town’s crimelord. As a spin-off from This is the Police, Rebel Cops shifts the focus onto stealth and turn-based combat.
THQ Nordic and Weappy describe the plot as follows;
Victor Zuev has won. The ruthless crime lord now controls the town of Ripton. All the officials are on his payroll, businessmen are at his mercy, the local police have surrendered to his will and his opposition has been smashed to pieces.
Well, not quite all his opposition, exactly: there is a small ragtag squad of true policemen who still believe in the words “to serve and protect” and will fight against all odds to serve justice and to protect the citizens. Not all heroes wear badges
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Weappy is stressing that Rebel Cops is unforgiving. Players will always be undermanned, outgunned and running low on resources. Players will need to fully explore levels to locate better weapons and armour and to complete optional side-missions to stand a fighting chance.
Interestingly, Weappy notes that your squad doesn’t have HP and even a single bullet is enough to end their lives. Being shot in the foot can lead them to bleed out and dying so players will need to take care and proceed with caution.
Key features of Rebel Cops are;
- Fight the corrupt authority: After criminal mastermind Viktor Zuev took over the town of Ripton, you and your fellow police officers have gone rogue to do what must be done. Perform tactical turn-based missions to undermine Zuev’s allies and bring the power back to the people.
- No hitpoints, no forgiveness: You are out-manned and outgunned. Use stealth tactics and cover to approach the enemy quietly and take them down before they can raise any alarms. There are no health bars in Rebel Cops: once shot, your officers will bleed out unless you act fast to save them.
- Explore, loot, and watch your back: Rebel Cops features a large number of scenarios, from compact operations to big, open-ended locations to explore. Build up your street cred in Ripton by helping out local folks in side missions and get rewarded for exploring the levels thoroughly.
- Take the high moral road – or not: Justice must be served, but it’s up to you to choose how that happens. Will you play by Zuev’s merciless rules? Will you help the desperate townspeople, even if it means putting your operation at risk? In Rebel Cops, your reputation will affect your team’s morale and even the merchants’ prices.
Does Rebel Cops look like it’s up your alley? Well, you won’t have long to wait. It is coming to PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One on September 17.