Out of nowhere, a brand new Turok game has been announced, and it’s coming later this month. Fans of the hardcore 90’s shooter might need to temper their expectations though, as Turok: Escape From Lost Valley doesn’t resemble the games 90’s kids grew up with in any way.
There are doubtless going to be scores of disappointed gamers who are desperate for a new entry that hews closer to the Turok they remember, but I actually think this new effort, with its bright and cartoony visuals, looks pretty gorgeous – if you can see past the fact that it’s not the same Turok you grew up with.
Check out the trailer below:
Instead, Escape From Lost Valley is an adaptation of the comic series of the same name which goes back to the 1950s (which I honestly wasn’t familiar with until today), and is a cute isometric co-op game instead of a violent first-person shooter. It’s being developed by indie studio Pillow Pig and will be published by Universal Studios Interactive Entertainment.
The trailer says the game is available now, though the Steam store page has it down for a July 25 release. It looks like it’s only headed to PC for the time being, though I’d be surprised if the Nintendo Switch didn’t get in on the action eventually.
Here’s the game’s official description, via the Steam store page:
In Turok: Escape from Lost Valley, you wake from a long sleep as Turok and adventure alongside Andar through the dangerous world of the Lost Valley as you seek to find a path home. Encounter iconic creatures from the Turok comic series with a cute but dangerous twist. Master the art of the knife and the bow as you encounter adorable but deadly enemies, discover a path through unique environments, and choose the best weapon for the enemy in front of you. Live the adventure! Confront your foes, assist primordial natives, and keep Andar and yourself alive as you Escape from Lost Valley!
It’s been a while since we’ve seen the “classic” Turok, and it’s unlikely that we’ll ever see the franchise return as we remember it. A reboot of sorts was released back in 2008, but it lacked the essence of those early games.
Still, if you can put your expectations to one side, I think we could all have a wonderful time with Turok: Escape from Lost Valley. I know that’s not what’s going to happen, but I had to try.
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Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.