The classic Freedom Fighters has been given a new rating by PEGI.
The Pan European Game Information office has re-rated the PC version of Freedom Fighters, IO Interactive’s classic third-person shooter. Today’s PC rating joins the existing ones for PS2, Xbox, GameCube and the original PC release.
PEGI’s official website also has the game listed for release today, with the biggest notable change being IO Interactive as the publisher, and not EA as with the existing ratings. The rating itself has not changed, however; this is still a PEGI-16 game.
In 2017, when publisher Square Enix dropped IO Interactive, the developer became independent shortly afterwards, and announced that it had acquired the rights to Hitman and Freedom Fighters from its former owner.
Though IO missed out on Mini Ninjas and Kane & Lynch in the process, the fact it wanted to pick up Freedom Fighters at all signalled that it may not be done with the classic IP. Of course, there’s been no news on that front since that split.
The emergence of a new rating today indicates that IO is working on a re-releasing the game, possibly as a remaster of some sort. Although the name of the product recently rated by PEGI doesn’t include the words “remake” or “remaster”, it’s safe to say that we can at least expect the game to remerge in some way soon.
In recent years, IO indicated that it’s open to working on more beyond Hitman. Indeed, the studio is getting ready to ship Hitman 3 in January, the conclusion to its rebooted trilogy. Perhaps Freedom Fighters is due for a reboot of its own next.