There are a number of names from days gone by that make older video game fans clap like demented seal pups; John Hare, The Bitmap Brothers, Geoff Crammond, all masters of the 16 bit era. The undisputed king of football, way before FIFA was even thought of, was Dino Dini, creator and programmer of the excellent Kick Off.
Good news everyone! Dino is back, and he’s bringing Kick Off exclusively to PlayStation! He left the video game industry as budgets and teams were supersized and has spent the wilderness years teaching game development in the Netherlands.
“As I saw that the industry was beginning to change and embrace the indie spirit again, I knew I had to try one more time. Talent is being valued once again and this is a wonderful thing,” explains Dino.
“The spirit will be that of the old games, but designed with the modern hardware in mind. This is particularly true of the controllers. 25 years ago home computers used an eight-direction joystick with one button. These were digital, not analogue. You could only aim in eight directions,” he adds.
“The new game will make full use of the analogue controls, and the gameplay is tuned to work with these. The effect is that the feel and the spirit of the original game is retained, but the possibilities for precision and skill are vastly improved.”
Once again we have Shahid Ahmad to thank for bringing a legend to PlayStation, if he could just go and reform The Bitmap Brothers then I’d be happy.
Source: EU PS Blog