The original Jagged Alliance was a vintage 1990s turn-based tactics game about putting together a dream team of mercenaries from a catalogue like you were browsing Amazon for killers. Each of the 60 chatty mercs had a history, and while they’d all help you take back the island of Metavira sector by sector, they didn’t all get along. Rivalries flared up, some demanded raises, quit if you fired their friends, or ignored orders if you didn’t let them finish off an enemy. Managing their fickle personalities was as important as budgeting your action points.
After Jagged Alliance 2: Wildfire in 2004, the series went quiet for several years. Though perfectly placed for an XCOM-style revival, more recent follow-ups Jagged Alliance Online, Jagged Alliance: Back in Action, Jagged Alliance Flashback, and Jagged Alliance: Rage! have all been poorly received.
Now the series is in the hands of Haemimont Games, the Bulgarian studio responsible for Tropico 3, 4, and 5 as well as Surviving Mars and Victor Vran. Haemimont will apparently “finally create a true successor to the beloved series”. Dare we get our hopes up?