The 1993 Classic from The Bitmap Brothers Restored to its Full Glory
Mastertronic and Abstraction Games are proud to announce that The Chaos Engine, the classic Amiga game originally developed by legendary outfit The Bitmap Brothers will be coming to PC, Linux and Mac on 29th August. The early ‘90s top-down shooter has been lovingly restored by Abstraction Games, the team who recently brought Hotline Miami to the PS3 and Vita, in close consultation with Mike Montgomery, one of the founding members of The Bitmap Brothers. Abstraction Games have been entrusted with rebuilding The Bitmap Brothers game from the ground up in its original form, as well as throwing in an alternative mode with a few extra enhancements.
The original version of The Chaos Engine was one of the first games to introduce a skill system in action-adventure games, helping players improve their characters and equip individualized weapons.
Prepare for the dark world of The Chaos Engine, a Victorian age of discovery and technology corrupted by a failed experiment with an early computer – the Chaos Engine.
Choose from six hard-nailed mercenaries, each with their own unique weapons and skills to combat the bizarre monstrosities created by the machine. Those who have the strength and the courage to overturn the Chaos Engine will be remembered.
Battle through four unique worlds in single-player or online and local co-op modes. Play in ‘Enhanced mode’ or ‘Classic mode’ with its original graphics and controls for the true Amiga experience. Steam Achievements will test the mettle of both new players and old fans. This restoration of the classic Amiga shooter includes all the intense gameplay of the original with enhanced graphics, controls and Steam features.
“This really feels like the right time to bring back The Chaos Engine” says Mike Montgomery, one of the founding members of The Bitmap Brothers. “There are many fond memories of The Chaos Engine and I wanted to make sure that the game was true to the original without losing its charm during the restoration process. The option to play in the original ‘Classic’ mode with the added option to play in ‘Enhanced mode’ with its refined pixel-perfect finish is a clever way to satisfy all enthusiasts! It feels a completely natural transition to the PC.”
“We grew up with the Amiga and those classic Bitmap games were the inspiration for a lot of us who went on to work in games and development. For many of us, The Chaos Engine was our first taste of co-op and was a platform that incited our love of top down shooters,” says Ralph Egas, CEO of Abstraction Games. “The Chaos Engine holds such fond memories for so many people and it stands the test of time and we were determined to restore the game to its full and amazing pixel-perfect glory, with a couple of cool enhancements!”
Stuart Morton, Executive Producer at Mastertronic says ‘‘The Chaos Engine holds very fond memories for so many people and so many great games have been ruined by bad remakes. We didn’t want to remake it. It is a great game and we found very quickly when we went back and played the original that the gameplay still holds up very well. A lot of fondly-remembered games are pretty disappointing when you go back and look at them now, but The Chaos Engine still plays beautifully today.”
The Chaos Engine will be released on Steam, Get Games and GOG on 29th August for PC, Mac and Linux. The Chaos Engine will be available for pre-order on Steam from 6pm BST today!
About the Mastertronic Group Limited Mastertronic Group is a multi-platform, world-class developer, publisher, manufacturer, distributor and online retailer of digital interactive entertainment. Using the extensive experience in our quality-focused teams, we deliver digital entertainment to consumers and significant added-value income to our development, retail and publishing partners. The Group has a number of publishing labels, each focused on specific audience demographics. Established PC titles are republished through our Sold Out range, specialist PC simulations are published under the Just Flight and Just Trains labels and console formats (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, 3DS, iOS and Android) via Mastertronic. The Mastertronic Group also publishes Indie games on the Great Indie Games label. Just Flight, and its sister company Just Trains, are the leading worldwide simulation specialists. Just Flight was established in 1995, and within three years became the world’s largest publisher of flight simulation software with the exception of Microsoft, with a reputation for high quality products, published by genuine enthusiasts. Via The Producers, the Group offers a ‘cradle to grave’ turnkey service for physical product, from marketing, packaging and warehousing and an experienced sales service right through to retail, while its specialist PC download site, GetGames is a key player in the digital distribution market. The Mastertronic Group has just celebrated its 25th anniversary.
About Abstraction Games Abstraction Games B.V. was founded in 2007 and incorporated in 2011 by seasoned game developers with a clear mission: serve game businesses and consumers with a clearly pronounced quality-over-quantity approach and to amaze everyone with an astonishing agility and flexibility. Most noteable work so far includes the conversion of well-known best-sellers like “Angry Birds”, “Cut the Rope”, “RocketBirds: Hardboiled Chicken” and “Hotline Miami” to consoles and handhelds. Our core team consists of experienced developers covering PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita, Wii and 3DS. “We treat your IP as if it were our own…” Visit http://www.abstractiongames.com for more information.