News – Karateka remake on the way

February 16, 2012 by  
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Side-scrolling fighting game Karateka is getting the remake treatment for Xbox Live Arcade and PSN.

The 1984 game, originally released on the Apple II and later ported to other systems, is being made with the input of the original creator, Jordan Mechner.

Karateka, like Mechner’s very own Prince of Persia (which was released later), had you attempting to save a princess. You made your way through the Japanese fortress of the nasty Akuma, fighting your way through its rooms. The animations were also very highly praised.

“Today’s downloadable game space is a perfect match for the combination of simple fun gameplay with a strong, human story that gamers embraced in the original ‘Karateka,'” Mechner said, speaking to Variety.

“In remaking Karateka, I want to honor the original game with a compact, pick-up-and-play game that is fluid, atmospheric and beautiful. It’s a reinvention that brings the original story to life with all the incredible graphics and sound capability of today’s consoles.”

The game is due for release later this year on PS3 and Xbox 360, and marks Mechner’s first game since 2003’s Prince of Persia: Sands of Time.

Source: Variety