RiQa [N64 – Cancelled]

RiQa [N64 – Cancelled]


Few details are know about the RiQa project, another famous unseen for the Nintendo 64. Developed by Bits Studios, it was presented for the first time at E3 1999 in playable form. Defined as the “N64 Tomb Rider” as stated by Nintendo, RiQa would have dealt Third-Person Shooter Action mixed with exploration, with RiQa (the woman character controlled by the player) up against both humans and monsters. With impressive graphics for its time, an immersive storyline, complicated  levels full of action, including shootings and puzzles to solve, RiQa was going to be a new killer application for the N64.

Unfortunately, the game has never seen light on the 64-bit, for the continuing delayed release dates, which led to the cancellation of the title. Many think that the general concept of RiQa, has then evolved in Rogue Ops, another game developed by Bits Studios and released in 2003, published by Kemko. The title was just a discrete Action Game, released on the Game Cube, Xbox and PS2.

English translation by 8PM

italian_flag.jpg [spoiler /Clicca qui per la versione in Italiano/ /Nascondi la versione in Italiano/]Poche sono le informazioni su RiQa, un altro famoso unseen per Nintendo 64. Sviluppato da Bits Studios, fu presentato per la prima volta all’E3 1999, in forma giocabile. Definito come il “Tomb Rider” del N64, a quanto detto da Nintendo, si sarebbe dovuto trattare di un Third-Person Action Shooter di altissimo livello. Con una grafica impressionante, una trama coinvolgente e complicatissima, livelli pieni d’azione, fra sparatorie ed enigmi da risolvere, RiQa doveva essere una nuova killer application per N64.

Sfortunatamente il gioco non ha mai visto luce sul 64 bit, per continui ritardi della data di uscita, che hanno portato il titolo alla cancellazione. Molti pensano che il concept generale di RiQa, sia evoluto in Rogue Ops, sviluppato dagli stessi Bits Studios ed uscito nel 2003, pubblicato dalla Kemko. Il titolo, si è rivelato alla fine un discreto Action Game, apparso su Game Cube, Xbox e PS2.[/spoiler]




RiQa (Rogue Ops?)

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