Battlezone, one of the most popular sci-fi games of the late 90s will return this year as an online multiplayer game, with revamped visuals. Rebellion Games has unveiled the first look trailer of the upcoming classic game.

The video game developer has renamed the classic as Battlezone 98 Redux. The game was first released in 1980, as a first-person combat arcade game, which inspired Activision's redesigned 1998 version. Bearing little resemblance to the original arcade game, Activision's Battlezone slowly graduated to a real-time battle strategy game, which will next reflect in Battlezone 98 Redux.

The redesigned Battlezone is set in an alternate 1960s universe, wherein the "space race" shoddily covered up for an "interplanetary war" between the US and Soviet Russia over "mysterious alien bio-metals". Rebellion Games described the remodelled classic as: "Revolutionary, revitalised and remastered, Battlezone 98 Redux's blend of thrilling first-person action and tense RTS gameplay is as essential now as it ever was."

In the new game, players will be given a reign of advanced tanks and aerial fighters, allowing them to engage in a free-for-all open warfare. The game will have two dedicated single-player campaigns – one for Americans and one for Russians. There will be a total of 29 missions, spread over seven planetary environments.

Rebellion Games is also working on an immersive VR (virtual reality) version, which is slated to be launched, with the regular version and can be played on the PlayStation VR. The game will allow players to "scavenge the battlefields for crucial bio-metals, deploy powerful defenses, construct advanced facilities and escalate each battle to an epic confrontation". Battlezone also promises extensive mod content from Steam Workshop.

Rebellion Games has not yet specified a release date for Battlezone 98 Redux. Fans can tentatively expect the game to go live in spring 2016. Below is the first look trailer of Battlezone 98 Redux.