Stephen Kick, the CEO of classic game remaster specialist Nightdive Studios, has randomly celebrated the weekend by sharing a 2004 Acclaim pitch document for a Turok 5, or Turok: Resurrection. Acclaim shut its doors in 2004, so it doesn’t take a tremendous leap in logic to determine why this game didn’t enter full development. However, it sure is fun to poke around the pitch document and see what the developers had in mind, including a first sentence that reads: “Imagine Rambo thrown into Jurassic Park or King Kong island with creatures from the island of Dr. Moreau added for extra spice.” Okay, cool, ya got me.
Here's the pitch doc for TUROK 5: Resurrection – have a great weekend y'all ? pic.twitter.com/uDgI3MYT3k
— Stephen Kick (@pripyatbeast) August 7, 2020
The story involves Turok being brought back from the dead to battle the Soulless, who “has overrun the Lost Land with cybernetically enslaved dinosaurs.” Spirit elders grant new spirit powers to Turok along the way, and, uh, it would irreparably damage my IQ to attempt to describe the plot any further. But it sounds right for a game from the mid-2000s.
Turok: Resurrection would have differentiated itself as not just a jungle-set dinosaur FPS, but a jungle-set dinosaur FPS with “spirit-powered attacks with huge visual effects,” and dual-wielding would have been possible. Players also would have been able to ride a T-rex or Triceratops “with miniguns and rocket launchers in third-person view” too. Two-player online co-op and eight-player online multiplayer were planned.
The pitch document acknowledged Doom 3, Half-Life 2, Far Cry, and Halo 2 as then-current first-person shooter standards, and the hope was to begin work on Turok: Resurrection no later than April 2005. The game would have presumably come to at least PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Alas, Turok: Resurrection never happened, and instead a reboot by Propaganda Games was released in 2008, which was commercially successful but didn’t lead to more games. To add insult to injury, third-person action adventure spin-off Turok: Escape from Lost Valley released to abysmal reviews last year. Unfortunately, this is not a healthy game franchise.