Based on the mega hit Netflix show which dramatises the story of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and other key players in the birth of a global drug empire, the game puts a 1980s skin on turn-based XCOM-esque gameplay and gives you the opportunity to jump into the shoes of some of the show's most popular and notorious characters.
Here's some of the key features from the official blurb that accompany the release date announcement trailer above:
BASED ON THE HIT NETFLIX SERIES - Authenticity is at the core of the Narcos: Rise of the Cartels experience and highly recognisable and iconic characters from the TV show are available to control and play, each offering unique gameplay opportunities.
EVERY WAR HAS TWO SIDES - Featuring two unique campaigns Narcos: Rise of the Cartels enables you to see the war from both sides. Choose to side with the DEA and fight alongside Steve Murphy to bring down the drug empire, or choose to side with the Narcos in order to help fund, grow and expand the empire of El Patrón.
FAST-PACED TACTICAL COMBAT - Narcos: Rise of the Cartels takes tactical combat to a whole new level with units possessing the ability to move individually one after another or multiple times in one turn, meaning the pace is always ramped up. Players will have to plan their actions cautiously as they will face lasting consequences.
COUNTERACT AND KILL-SHOT - Innovative gameplay mechanics keep the turn-based combat fresh by allowing the player to take third-person control of units in order to engage enemies directly, providing the opportunity to deal critical damage at optimal moments.
A great many turn-based tactical games invoke the name of genre-leader XCOM, but will Narcos have polish to live up to that comparison? We'll find out in less than a month.
'Every war has two sides', you know. Not really much of a war without at least that many, to be honest. Let us know below if you're a fan of the show and if you like the look of what Narcos: Rise of the Cartels is putting down.