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Sir, You are Being Hunted once more in next year's 'Reinvented Edition'

A group of robots
(Image credit: Den of Thieves)

Originally launched in 2013, Big Robot's steam-powered survival sim Sir, You Are Being Hunted is getting a polished-up new "Reinvented Edition" next year, following a massive 1.5 update that fixed up the knackered original version earlier this week.

Announced by Dutch porting house Den of Thieves, the Reinvented Edition is still in its early stages, but promises "vast" changes to the game's graphics, audio, gameplay, UI and writing. If it works, it could be a much-needed update to a game that ultimately wasn't fantastic, even if it was oozing with eerie mechanical vibes.

"Gags manage to mask some of Sir's flaws," Ben Griffin wrote back in our review. "Indeed, along with the darkly designed world, humour is Sir's biggest draw, from the imaginative assortment of dapper robots to the fact you can actually eat marmalade and drink flasks of tea - surely a videogame first.

"But Sir needed more than a strong cuppa. It needed more items, more ways to experiment with enemies, and more to ease often unforgiving stealth."

That original hasn't been left to rot, mind. Den of Thieves has updated Sir with its first major patch since 2014. Patch 1.5 completely rebuilds the game's until-now broken multiplayer and adds official servers, while singleplayer has been gifted a staggering number of of bug fixes (a full list of which can be found on the game's patch notes). Sadly, many of those fixes haven't carried over to multiplayer, which for technical reasons still runs on an older version of Unity.

"We decided it’s better to have a working multiplayer despite it still being in Unity 4 and a little buggy," Den of Thieves explained.

Nevertheless, it's very much a welcome update, even if it doesn't dramatically reinvent how Sir plays on a moment-to-moment basis. It may still be the same awkward, underwhelming game it once was, but your hunts should now run much more reliably going forwards. Let's hope next year's Reinvented Edition adds those missing whelms.

Natalie Clayton

20 years ago, Nat played Jet Set Radio Future for the first time—and she's not stopped thinking about games since. Joining PC Gamer in 2020, she comes from three years of freelance reporting at Rock Paper Shotgun, Waypoint, VG247 and more. Embedded in the European indie scene and having herself developed critically acclaimed small games like Can Androids Pray, Nat is always looking for a new curiosity to scream about—whether it's the next best indie darling, or simply someone modding a Scotmid into Black Mesa. She's also played for a competitive Splatoon team, and unofficially appears in Apex Legends under the pseudonym Horizon.