A remaster of survival horror classic Clock Tower has been confirmed, along with a long lost Shantae game originally intended for the GBA.
We guess business must be booming for Limited Run Games, the company known for creating niche collector’s editions and physical copies of digital-only games.
They’ve just held their own summer showcase of upcoming releases and it includes a number of unexpected remasters and even brand new games, as they expand into the realm of full-fledged publisher.
Arguably the highest profile announcement was the Gex Trilogy, even though the games themselves are probably the lowest quality (with one obvious exception) of any of the titles they’re working with.
They might not have been very good but if you’re the right age there’s a lot of nostalgia tied up with the Gex series, which ran from 1995 to 1999 – primarily on the original PlayStation.
The originals were filled with American 90s pop culture references, some so obscure that they got the late, great Leslie Phillips to voice the character in the European version of the first game, instead of Dana Gould. However, it’s not clear whether that version will be included as an option in the remaster collection.
The remasters will be created using Limited Run’s own Carbon Engine, which is emulation based but still allows for changes in terms of resolution, interface, controller inputs, and console-specific features like trophies.
It’s being used for a wide range of other games, including the Jurassic Park retro collection that was announced a couple of months back and a remaster of PlayStation favourite Tomba!, from ex-Capcom developer Tokuro Fujiwara.
We’re also looking forward to seeing Shantae Advance: Risky Revolution, an unfinished Game Boy Advance game that would’ve been the second entry in the series but has only been completed now by developer WayForward teaming up with Limited Run.
The showcase also confirmation of a Clock Tower remaster, which was first rumoured earlier in the year and will bring the SNES version of the seminal survival horror to the West for the first time.
WayForward is handling the work and, as they say in the video below, it’s great to ensure the game is available for everyone and as a physical product – which helps with game preservation as well as just being a novelty for collectors.
Then there was also a cryptic tease about Limited Run collaborating with Media Indie Exchange to make two all-new retro games based on popular cartoons from the 90s. No indication was given of which ones, but fan speculation includes the likes of Bucky O’Hare, Street Sharks, and Biker Mice From Mars.
On top of that was announcements for a whole swathe of physical editions of existing or already announced games, which is Limited Run’s usual bread and butter.
This includes the recently announced retrospective of Atari classic Karateka, the recent Colossal Cave remake, and the infamous Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties – widely regarded as one of the worst video games of all time.
Technically Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties was already announced back in 2021 but now it’s got an actual release date of September 2023.
Here’s a rundown of everything else that was announced, plus there’ll be a bunch of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle game soundtracks released on both vinyl and CD this summer:
- Castlevania Advance Collection
- Rise Of The Triad: Ludicrous Edition
- Koumajou Remilia: Scarlet Symphony
- The Kyukyoku Tiger-Heli Collection
- Rollercoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition
- El Shaddai: Ascension Of The Metatron HD
- Dungeons Of Aether
- Odencat’s Paradise Collection
- Arzette: The Jewel Of Faramore
- Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties: Definitive Edition
- This Way Madness Lies
- Midnight Fight Express
- Colossal Cave
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