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Karateka Announced From Prince of Persia Creator Jordan Mechner

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Posted February 15, 2012 - By Stephen Johnson


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Karateka Announced From Prince of Persia Creator Jordan MechnerThis morning, gaming legend Jordan Mechner (Prince of Persia) announced the development of Karateka, a re-boot of his 1984 title.

Karateka will be available for PSN and XBLA in 2012. According to Mechner's blog:

"The new Karateka is much more than a port; it’s both a remake and a re-imagining of the original game for today’s consoles."

“Making the original Karateka was a labor of love," Mechner said in statement. "To have so many people embrace it and share the impact that game had on them has been incredibly fulfilling. In remaking Karateka, I want to honor the original with a compact, pick-up-and-play game that is fluid, atmospheric and beautiful.”

The original Karateka was a fighting/action game renowned for its fluid, lifelike animation, its impressive (for 1984!) graphics, and its plot. It will be fascinating to see how the original creator of the game updates it for the modern age.

Here's more of the philosophy behind the reboot from Mechner:

"I want to show that a game can be simple fun while also telling a human story in a way that’s emotional, atmospheric, and beautiful. I’ve been encouraged to see gamers embrace downloadable titles like Limbo and Braid — games that stand out because of their design integrity and strong artistic choices, although they were made on modest budgets and don’t represent technological breakthroughs. The industry is changing fast. It’s an exciting time for indie."

So what do you think? Are you going to pick up Karateka?

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