Blizzard has rights to Redneck Rampage

Blizzard has rights to Redneck Rampage

Redneck Rampage tried to compensate for poor graphics and gameplay with foul language and satire.

The rights to one of the most easily forgotten FPS games of yore, Redneck Rampage, have been picked up by Blizzard, sparking rumours that a sequel to the hillbilly shooter may be the secretive fifth project that Blizzard is working on.

The original Redneck Rampage was released in 1997 on the PC and was on the last outings for the Build Engine, which was first made famous by Duke Nukem. Developed by Xatrix and Interplay, Rampage appeared dated and coarse but managed to continue over a couple of expansions and spin-off titles.

The license for the series was then picked up by Vivendi Universal in 2004 for around $300,000, before getting passed over to Blizzard Entertainment after the merger of Activision and Blizzard. It's also interesting to note that, according to IncGamers, there are several Blizzard developers who also worked on Redneck Rampage back in the day.

The likelihood that Blizzard is stepping away from its core titles to have a go with the little-known Redneck Rampage is relatively slim though, despite rumours. While Blizzard does own all the rights to the series, it's most likely the case that the rights were handed over by default during the merger and weren't actively pursued by the studio.

In fact, as Eurogamer points out, Blizzard hasn't worked on anyone else's IPs since Justice League Task Force for the SNES back in 1995.

Would you like a new Redneck Rampage game, or would you rather see some of the old Build Engine games ported to other platforms? Dark Forces on the iPhone, anyone? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.


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Sifter3000 6th April 2009, 11:30 Quote
"My feet stink, my head hurts and I don't luuuuuurve Jesus" :p
Hovis 6th April 2009, 12:35 Quote
Any game featuring the song 'Hey baby I got a pig' on the sound track deserves sequels. Many sequels. And maybe a tractor pull bonus stage.
UrbanMarine 6th April 2009, 12:46 Quote
I loved that game it was so fun multiplayer. I figured VU killed the series when they bought it over an indie developer.
docodine 6th April 2009, 13:08 Quote
They probably spent the $300,000 as a mercy kill.
Yemerich 6th April 2009, 15:13 Quote
Redneck rampage is a lame game. Stupid as postal. They could invest their money in something more interesting... Perhaps a remake of "pac-man" wich btw will turn 30 next year
legoman666 7th April 2009, 03:59 Quote
Originally Posted by Yemerich
Redneck rampage is a lame game. Stupid as postal. They could invest their money in something more interesting... Perhaps a remake of "pac-man" wich btw will turn 30 next year

Yeah, because there aren't enough remakes of pac-man in existence already...
azrael- 7th April 2009, 10:40 Quote
"Easily forgotten"? No way! It was an instant classic. Which other game has the distinction of letting you progress in the game by requiring you to hit Bubba over the head with a crowbar.

As for Postal, I've never played the original, but Postal 2 (with or without the Share the Pain patch) was an instant classic too. Politically correct it is not, but I'd say that's what made it a classic. :)

Back on topic, I'd be really surprised if Blizzard would work on a sequel. Have they ever done anything FPS-like? But if you ask in the context of Activision Blizzard, then perhaps it is possible.
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