In 2014, Obsidian Entertainment put out one of the best licensed games ever made with South Park: The Stick of Truth. Working in collaboration with series creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, South Park: The Stick of Truth managed to perfectly capture the feel and humor of the TV show. Not to mention the game earned critical acclaim, and even earned a spot on our Top 10 Games of 2014 list.
With the podunk mountain town of South Park conquered (and the sequel, The Fractured But Whole, being developed by Ubisoft San Francisco instead), Obsidian has been talking about other animated comedies they could give the video game treatment. Specifically, the developers at Obsidian have been discussing the possibility of making an RPG about everyone's favorite animated spy, Sterling Archer, in an Archer video game.
Speaking in an interview with PC Gamer during PAX Prime, project director for Obsidian, Josh Sawyer, explained that the Archer video game they had in mind would be similar to a previous Obsidian RPG, Alpha Protocol. "I don't think people really thought about it, or at least not seriously, until after Alpha Protocol shipped," he said. "But it has come up actually several times of people saying, 'yeah, that would be a good fit. Archer Protocol!'"
For those that don't remember, Alpha Protocol was an espionage-oriented RPG that hoped to create a Jason Bourne/James Bond RPG experience. The game was a bit rough around the edges, but it did develop a cult following in the years since its release. One thing the game definitely had was a sense of humor, which makes combining its gameplay mechanics with Archer all the more a natural fit. As Sawyer explained:
"Alpha Protocol has a very realistic look to it, but it's also kind of silly and comical in a lot of ways. Obviously Archer is a great fit for that sort of stuff."
Obsidian already has a spy video game under their belt, as well as significant experience adapting an adult animated comedy to the world of games, so they seem like the perfect developer to create an Archer video game. The television show has crafted some absolutely ridiculous, hilarious, and memorable characters over its last six seasons, so Obsidian would have no shortage of material with which to work.
As long as the writers and excellent voice cast were to come on board, we have no doubt that Obsidian would be able to hit a home run with an Archer game, just as they did with South Park. In the meantime, to tide us over until Archer or another adult animated comedy gets a proper video game adaptation, perhaps Ubisoft could allow Microsoft to make South Park: The Stick of Truth backward compatible with Xbox One?
Would you play an Archer video game? What style of RPG would you want it to be? Sound off in the comments below with your ideas of what form an Archer video game should take!
The hypothetical Archer RPG is just that -- hypothetical. There are no planned platforms, release dates, or even a development start date at this point. Right now, it's merely a great idea brewing in the minds of the people working at Obsidian.