Bethesda gives Captain Keen the free-to-play treatment

By , on June 10, 2019
Last modified 11 months ago

After an attempted on-stage resuscitation of Fallout 76, Bethesda went on to announce something I’m pretty sure none of us saw coming – a free-to-play reboot of Captain Keen. It’s headed for a soft-launch on Android and iOS this summer.

The original games hailed primarily from id Software (yeah, the Doom guys). They were side-scrolling platformers that followed a plucky, pogo-hopping kid on his adventures through space. Oh, and that kid, Billy Keen, is totally 100% the grandson of Nazi-slayer William "B.J." Blazkowicz and the father of none other than Doomguy himself.

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So what does that mean for 2019’s mobile-bound Captain Keen? Absolutely nothing at all, I’d assume. But it’s an essential piece of information that you should already know and annoy everyone else with at any given opportunity.

The new game seems ok. There looks to be a campaign mode set on Mars, as well as some co-op and PvP multiplayer. The brief gameplay shows us the Keen twins using gadgets, summoning allies, and taking on enemies. The colourful cartoon visuals remind me of some quality cereal-box art.

To be totally honest, this year’s E3 has been largely devoid of mobile games to get excited about. So I guess that means we’ll have to make do with the likes of Captain Keen, which, by the way, stars Billy Keen – grandson of William "B.J." Blazkowicz and father of Doomguy. Crazy, huh?