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John Carpenter’s Toxic Commando release date estimate, news, and more

If John Carpenter, horror, action, and the '80s merged in a game called Toxic Commando, of course you want to know the release date.

John Carpenter's Toxic Commando release date: A handsome military man looks through the windshield of a jeep as his team drives through hordes of undead.

When is the Toxic Commando release date? We can get firmly behind anything with John Carpenter’s name on, so imagine our delight when John Carpenter’s Toxic Commando, a videogame inspired by ‘80s horror and action and created by the horror legend himself was revealed during Summer Game Fest 2023.

Part FPS game, part zombie game, part nostalgic horror trip, John Carpenter’s Toxic Commando (herein referred to as just Toxic Commando) is set in the “near future”, while being inspired by the mix of gore, comedy, and action of classic 1980s horror. While you might expect a slick, professional, and deadly team of mercenaries in a modern FPS, ready to take on the latest horror, The Toxic Commandos were the more affordable alternative, so they’ll do their best – at your behest – with some buddy-humor and bad singing thrown in for good measure. We are definitely coming along for the ride.

The first person view of Toxic Commando, as a player shoots towards hordes of zombies.

John Carpenter’s Toxic Commando release date estimate

The John Carpenter’s Toxic Commando release date is set for some time in 2024, and is an Epic Games exclusive on PC. We have reason to believe – and hope – that the Saber Interactive developed game will release in the summer of 2024.

The reason behind this thinking comes from the Saber Interactive website. Looking at a list of recent and upcoming releases by the studio, Toxic Commando and Jurassic Park: Survival sit in that order between Expeditions: A Mudrunner Game, set for release on March 5, 2024, and Warhammer 40K: Space Marine 2, planned for a September 9 release. Sure, they could be in alphabetical order, and no order at all, but we choose to believe that this means something – specifically, that both games will be released between March and September 2024, with Toxic Commando coming first. Call it manifestation. What’s more, a Summer release date would certainly suit the fun and vibrant tone of the game.

Developer Saber Interactive has a veritable feast of games under its belt from the last two decades of development, with most early titles being console games or ports. Their involvement in Windows PC titles has ramped up in recent years, and includes the likes of Evil Dead: The Game, Redout 2, Snowrunner, the Halo series, and Crysis 2 and 3 Remastered.

Toxic Commando beta

While there is no set launch date for a Toxic Commando beta right now, there is a sign-up link on the Focus Entertainment website. During the sign-up process, you can choose to exclusively sign up for the Toxic Commando closed beta, and will receive an email invitation if you are invited to participate in the future.

By signing up on the Focus Entertainment site, there is no guarantee that you will be invited to join the closed beta, but it’s worth getting your name down early just in case. You can also sign up for the publisher’s playtest program while you’re at it.

In case you’d like to wait, we’ll be sure to update this section as soon as a closed beta date is confirmed. Given the 2024 release date of John Carpenter’s Toxic Commando, we shouldn’t think there will be too long to wait.

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Toxic Commando trailers

So far, there has only been one trailer for John Carpenter’s Toxic Commando, the reveal trailer itself, but this tells us a surprising amount about what to expect when the Toxic Commando release date does finally arrive.

First off, we’re introduced to the The Toxic Commandos themselves, four characters sitting in a military vehicle. At first, the team look somber and serious, with the first few seconds perhaps attempting to misdirect the viewer about the professionalism of this team of mercenaries. A male in the backseat says, “We gotta be ready,” as You Give Love a Bad Name plays on the radio, on obvious hint towards the game’s ‘80s inspiration. Panning to the driver, another male, the dynamic of the team starts to play out, as he says, “No one half-asses it this time… Ruby,” before Ruby, a female in the back, groans.

Finally, the second female, sat in the front passenger seat, reveals her position as the leader of the group, stating “On my mark” before cocking her shotgun. The vehicle hits a zombie, and the driver wipes blood from the windscreen with a determined look on his face. Strong, smart, serious – this group is bound to get the job done. The woman in the front counts down from five, the vehicle approaches a red-eyed zombie and the screen cuts to black…

..and the team bursts into the chorus of the Bon Jovi hit in karaoke-style, out-of-time singing. OK, maybe they’re not as slick as they looked.

Now clear that there’s some fun to be had with The Commandos, we’re introduced to some gameplay, witnessing weapons ranging from turrets and assault rifles, to melee gear, as a player is surrounded by zombies in muted reds and purples. Chaos ensues, and a variety of vehicles, guns, and monsters are all shown off as the song plays on – though we’re sure there are plenty of surprises still in store as well.

The title: John Carpenter's Toxic Commando.

Toxic Commando comic book

If you want to get really prepared for your time as a Toxic Commando, a prequel to the videogame is on the way in the form of a comic book series. At the moment, we aren’t sure how many issues there are, but #1 and #2 are available to preorder now, ahead of their respective release dates of March 13 and April 17, 2024. With any luck, we’ll get a new issue every month leading to the game’s release date.

With that, you’re up to date on everything to do with the Toxic Commando release date so far, and we’ll keep adding to this page as more is revealed in the coming months. Until then, take a look at some of the other upcoming games that should be on your radar. And while we’re on the topic of a horror legend, perhaps check out some of the best horror games available right now.