Bizarre New GTA Online-Looking Game: Vanilla Ice, Kim Basinger, and Danny Glover. At first, I thought I was having a stroke when 505 Games unveiled their vibrant multiplayer heist game Crime Boss: Rockay City at last night’s The Game Awards. Time was running out.
The teaser had all the hallmarks of a new instalment in Rockstar Games’ open-world smash hit Grand Theft Auto, but it was actually nothing of the sort. Instead, it’s a PC game coming out soon from a developer I’ve never heard of, starring a bizarre collection of actors plucked from the ranks of Hollywood’s direct-to-Bluray stable.
Michael Madsen, known for his roles in Reservoir Dogs and Donnie Brasco, plays Travis Baker, a want-to-be Florida kingpin who embarks on a rise to power through “a series of turf conflicts, robberies, and weird side stories” in the film Crime Boss.
Crime Boss is an online PvE shooter extravaganza where you team up with random people from the internet to pull off heists in the spirit of Payday 2. Despite including a number of well-known celebrities from the ’90s, the gameplay appears to be somewhat standard.
This is not a new L.A. Noire. How far can yet another generic live-service game go with the help of fading Hollywood stars? See the preview and make up your own mind: Danny Trejo (Machete) will be in anything if you pay him, Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy) is fine, Vanilla Ice (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze) is…sure, alright, whatever, and Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon) rocks.
Then there’s Chuck Norris, who Game Awards host Geoff Keighely proudly mentioned during the live stream and who is extensively featured in Crime Boss’ marketing, but whom, frankly, I do not need to ever lay eyes on again.
The real-life martial arts hero became a made-up character After 9/11, the Texas Ranger meme went viral, but if you’ve been keeping up with the news, you know he’s a bigoted homophobe and a right-wing nut job.
You shouldn’t give in to his demands, and he shouldn’t be featured in your mediocre neon noir robbery simulation. When it comes to Crime Boss, how significant will he or anyone else even be? It is difficult to predict.
— Kotaku (@Kotaku) December 9, 2022
Even though it isn’t stated on the Ingame Studios website, it seems to be the studio’s first effort in the video game industry. 505 Games is publishing it “in cooperation with Epic Games,” whatever that means, and if you pre-order it within the next two days, you can save 40 per cent.
On March 28, 2023, it will be available for purchase on PC through the Epic Games Store, with platform releases to follow later in the year. I don’t know if it’ll be any good, but it definitely gets my vote for the strangest global premiere of 2022.