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Retro Classic "The Chaos Engine" May Come To Consoles

Prepare for the dark world of The Chaos Engine.

The recently revealed PC version of The Chaos Engine may make its way to consoles. Producer Neil McKenna spoke to Digital Spy at Rezzed and said “We’re looking very closely at working with consoles, but nothing is signed at the moment.”

The new version of the game is not a HD remix or a remake but based on the original Amiga source code which is run in an emulator.

The graphics have had a little “gloss” added to them, the checkpoint system has been adjusted and characters can move in sixteen directions rather than eight, but apart from those tweaks the game is exactly the same as the original 1993 title.

“We haven’t added any new playable characters, any weapons, messed around with the balancing, any of that,” explained McKenna. “It’s our intuition that people just want to play The Chaos Engine, they didn’t want to play some crass HD remake which we’ve all seen.”

“We’ve seen dozens of terrible remakes of classic games. When we sat down and looked at it, it didn’t even need that. The gameplay, even though it is old-fashioned, it just works really well. You just need to add anything in.”

No release date has been given but you can pre-order the PC version here.

Source: Digital Spy.

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31 Comments
  1. Youles
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    OMG, I’ve been wanting this for ages!!!!

    Comment posted on 23/06/2013 at 18:57.
  2. pitbullmern
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    It’s our intuition that people just want to play The Chaos Engine, they didn’t want to play some crass HD remake which we’ve all seen.”

    so what they mean is, we didn’t bother asking the fan base we just assumed you would play the same game as it was in 1993 with a couple of tweaks.money for old rope and all that :P

    to be fair I wasn’t a fan of the game first time around so may be a bit biased.

    Comment posted on 23/06/2013 at 19:03.
    • Tuffcub
      On the naughty step.
      Since: Dec 2008

      It’s the Bioshock of it’s age.

      Comment posted on 23/06/2013 at 19:49.
      • bunimomike
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        Wow! I thought it was good but nothing like that! Still… people think of it fondly and it’s nice to see it getting some love.

        Bioshock of its age. Sheesh! *walks away muttering to one’s self*

        Comment posted on 23/06/2013 at 20:24.
      • pitbullmern
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        “It’s the Bioshock of it’s age.”

        no it really isn’t.

        Comment posted on 23/06/2013 at 21:56.
      • Tuffcub
        On the naughty step.
        Since: Dec 2008

        Victorian/Techno mash ups? Cybernteicaly enhanced bad guys? Magic weapons?

        Yes it is.

        Comment posted on 23/06/2013 at 23:07.
      • pitbullmern
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        Never going to agree with you. hated the game personally. horses for courses and all that

        Comment posted on 24/06/2013 at 22:02.
  3. Yersal
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    Wow. Now that is a blast from the past, I sunk hours into this one on my trusty Amiga 500 which (if you’ll allow me to boast) had an external 20mb hard drive :)

    Comment posted on 23/06/2013 at 20:07.
    • bunimomike
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      They were so effing expensive! My mate’s GVP 20MB had 2MB of RAM onboard too. That was £320. Ugh!

      Comment posted on 23/06/2013 at 20:25.
      • Yersal
        Member
        Since: Apr 2009

        If your mate’s HDD was the same as mine then it was the size of a box of cornflakes and kicked out a lot of heat and noise. Yeah I remember the prices being outrageous for parts too.

        Comment posted on 23/06/2013 at 21:30.
      • Yersal
        Member
        Since: Apr 2009

        Come to think of it I never did fill up that drive, and it had a hell of a lot on there

        Comment posted on 23/06/2013 at 21:32.
    • Alex C
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      Me too. Me and a mate must have finished it 5 times. Wonderful game, the steampunk look was ace.

      Comment posted on 23/06/2013 at 20:26.
  4. juswel
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    I still have this and no.2 for my a1200. Would dig it out if it were not buried so deeply in the cupboard!

    Comment posted on 23/06/2013 at 21:10.
  5. The Von Braun
    Member
    Since: Oct 2012

    IMO it’s Retro, but no classic.

    Recently played the MD version to completition (Port spoiled somewhat as was SNES version by poor scrolling) and whilst i love the graphical setting (steampunk is very much my thing), it’s honestly little more than another tarted up Gauntlet clone at heart.

    As St and then Amiga owner i was a big Bitmap Bros fan, but other than Xenon, 2 Speedball’s and Gods, i found a lot of their stuff to either be style over substance (Xenon II, Magic Pockets etc) or just not all that (Chaos Engine and Z for starters).

    Comment posted on 23/06/2013 at 21:14.
    • Yersal
      Member
      Since: Apr 2009

      Magic Pockets… Was that the one with the guy in shades? Also I remember there being a small pedal bike involved.

      Comment posted on 23/06/2013 at 21:21.
      • The Von Braun
        Member
        Since: Oct 2012

        That’s the one.The ‘Bitmap kid’ shades, cap etc.You pulled whirlwinds out of your pockets to trap your foes, push bike was a power-up, you could hammer around on for a while, blating everything in your path.Had a Betty Boo soundtrack as well.

        Not to be confused with Brat, also doing rounds on ST/Amiga.

        Comment posted on 23/06/2013 at 22:44.
      • Tuffcub
        On the naughty step.
        Since: Dec 2008

        Betty Boo rocks ;)

        Comment posted on 23/06/2013 at 23:09.
  6. freezebug2
    Member
    Since: Dec 2008

    Great stuff, look forward to it. Noting that they are using an Amiga emulator rather than a HD remix or remake. It would be awesome if Rainbow arts (or current license holder) could borrow it and release Turrican II asap!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rvQzQL6kSo

    Utterly awesome game and a proper Amiga favourite :)

    Comment posted on 23/06/2013 at 21:50.
    • TSBonyman
      Member
      Since: Dec 2009

      Oh yeah … It’s crazy to think my next-gen console choice could come down to which platform blags a HD remake of Turrican .. ;-)
      btw, there’s a shareware pc clone called Hurrican which is worth checking out.

      Comment posted on 23/06/2013 at 23:13.
      • freezebug2
        Member
        Since: Dec 2008

        That’d be too crazy!
        I still have the game and working Amiga (was at last count) but might have a look at that shareware version….the soundtrack needs to be original for full effect though! :P

        Comment posted on 24/06/2013 at 18:12.
  7. JBoo
    Banned
    Since: Oct 2011

    This comment is hidden.

    Comment posted on 23/06/2013 at 22:46.
    • Tuffcub
      On the naughty step.
      Since: Dec 2008

      Well if there is this emulator then it could run anything Amiga..

      Comment posted on 23/06/2013 at 23:10.
      • Alex C
        One for all.
        Since: Forever

        GODS was actually terrible. Great soundtrack though.

        Comment posted on 23/06/2013 at 23:13.
      • Tuffcub
        On the naughty step.
        Since: Dec 2008

        How dare you! Gods was “Spankworthy” – as noted on the advert in massive big letters. And who was behind this most delightful of praises?

        Yep it was me :)

        http://thumbnails.inkfrog.com/pix/Greedo/ag29_0062.jpg/450/0

        (If you know me real name you will be able to make it out just under the quote)

        Comment posted on 24/06/2013 at 00:19.
      • Alex C
        One for all.
        Since: Forever

        Haha! Fair enough.

        Comment posted on 24/06/2013 at 07:45.
    • TSBonyman
      Member
      Since: Dec 2009

      Disposable Hero.. as we’re tripping down memory lane .. :)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v89QMDs3B1g

      Comment posted on 23/06/2013 at 23:28.
  8. The Von Braun
    Member
    Since: Oct 2012

    Gods was bloody awesome.Even better on MD (64 colours and ran faster), plus the A.I reacted to how good or bad you were doing.Never, i say never understood why it takes so much flak at times.

    Hurrican i loved on PC, but if we are talking Turrican, pity Thornado (3D Turrican on N64) never went anywhere.

    Besides if were talking about pure Amiga code running on console, lets stop faffing abart, we all know what’s really need on PSN and XBL as of yesterday…Super cars II.

    Comment posted on 24/06/2013 at 01:16.
  9. Killgore81
    Member
    Since: Mar 2009

    Didnt think they would ever do this, take my money

    Comment posted on 24/06/2013 at 08:00.
  10. Klart
    Member
    Since: Jun 2010

    Used to play this on my megadrive. Ah, the good days.

    Comment posted on 24/06/2013 at 08:26.

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