Rising Star Games, champion of indie games, has sent word to us about an up and coming title called RICO. Currently in development by Ground Shatter. And it looks very interesting.

Dubbed a “co-operative” shooter, RICO, lets you and another person, play as a pair of police officers (think Lethal Weapons)that have been given 24-hours to solve a case. Played in a first-person perspective, gamers must react at moments notice to shootouts as they unfold, with additional extra time to assess the situation if they are able to surprise their adversaries. Ammo and enemies are plentiful, and combat is punchy and impactful, supported by an extensive destruction system that ensures every shot looks and feels great.

The game’s title stands for “Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations” Act, a United States federal law relating to criminal organisations. But forget that! Just kick down doors, shoot bad guys, and exploit the element of surprise to gain the upper hand against overwhelming odds, in this cooperative multiplayer first person shooter. Partner up with a friend in local couch co-op or online, to blast through an ever-changing series of procedurally generated levels. Come back every day for daily challenges and, as you play, unlock weapons, weapon customisations, and new “traits”– gameplay affecting rewards that modify, enhance and dramatically alter your characters’ abilities.

RICO will be released on the PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. However, don’t expect the game anytime soon as RICO has an Autumn 2018 release date. So far it’s looking pretty good, with the exception of the lack of model damage. Hopefully, this is something that will be added during the development cycle. 

t also kind of reminds me of a well-received shooter from a while back. That game being XIII, which was amazing but never received a follow-up. Maybe RICO can fill that void.


  • Online co-op and offline split-screen play
  • “Daily play” with online leaderboards
  • Randomly generated cases, operations, and environments
  • Unlockable weapons, traits, and mission types
  • Compete against the clock to solve a case in 24 hours

For more information on RICO and Rising Star Games, follow Rising Star Games on, Twitter, Facebook, or visit the official Rising Star Games website

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