Commander Keen mobile game has seemingly been scrapped

Google Play page still live

Bethesda’s PvP reimagining of PC platformer series Commander Keen has seemingly been scrapped. Almost all trace of its official social media presence is now gone, and it’s also been purged from ZeniMax’s site.

This very much appeared to be a Commander Keen game in name alone, shifting the focus from charming platforming action towards real-time card battles.

You could decide whether to play as Billy or Billie, the original Commander Keen’s twin children, then use a host of impressive gadgets to claim victory in bitesized matches.

Twitter user was first to notice the quiet removal of info, and at the time of writing, their post sits at 3.6k likes, which is potentially more than the < 5k downloads Commander Keen has racked up during its time on Google Play.

I’m not particularly knowledgeable when it comes to the series, which I imagine is true of most people under the age of 25, but this attempt at a mobile reboot still felt deeply off. Who was it for exactly? Why did it have to be such a radical departure from the earlier games?

Commander Keen’s Google Play page is still live for now, though I suspect it won’t stay that way for long.