Veteran game builders from the 80s and 90s are all crawling back into the limelight at the moment thanks to fans throwing their dollars at Kickstarter. One you should certainly take note of though is Julian Gollop, best known as the man who gave life to X-COM. Yeah, got your attention now, haven’t we?
He’s not returning to his beloved sci-fi strategy though. Instead, it’s his 1985 ZX Spectrum game Chaos: The Battle of Wizards that’s receiving the once-over. Gollop has resurrected it and re-moulded it in the guise of Chaos Reborn, noting that the original game was his work with the most “unrealised potential”.
Gollop revealed the game on Prefundia, where he explained that he’d been working on it for a year. With the groundwork now in place, Chaos Reborn will be heading to Kickstarter to draw in the money of fans and help get the project up and running at full steam.
For those not around in the ZX Spectrum days (I wasn’t either, so don’t feel too befuddled. I had to look this stuff up too) Chaos: The Battle of Wizards was a game in which you were locked in an arena with other warlocks and forced to fight to the death. Last one standing wins.
The modern redux will feature arena battles for 2-6 players, each armed with an arsenal of 64 different spells, including summons, illusions, and a handful of classic curses from the original game. Battle decisions will be taken in turns (wizards are gentlemen, don’t you know) and will feature strong RPG elements. Adding to this will be a campaign mode that can be played co-op, offering up all kinds of shiny gear and bags of gold.
The prototype is up and running, and will be offered to backers of the Kickstarter campaign which will start early this year.