Well this is unexpected: there’s a remake of XIII on the way

As reported by Eurogamer, there’s a remake of the excellent cel-shaded shooter XIII on the way in November. I played the game a few years back and was thoroughly impressed with its comic-like graphics and intriguing plot – so much so that I went out and bought the entire French graphic novel series it’s based on. It’s basically The Bourne Identity but French and 80s and very very cool.

My XIII graphic novel collection. I bloody love it.

I don’t recall the game being a massive success though, so it’s a little surprising to hear that it’s getting the remake treatment. Then again, the graphic novel is massively popular in France, home of original publisher Ubisoft, so perhaps it’s not that surprising.

XIII – like Sniper Elite, if it was a cartoon.

The remake is being handled by Playmagic and will be published by Microids – you can see the teaser trailer below. It doesn’t give away much, but here’s hoping they keep XIII’s excellent cel-shaded style. Incidentally, Microids is also behind the upcoming Blacksad: Under the Skin, another game based on an excellent graphic novel.

The XIII remake is being released on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC and Mac in November 2019.