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Amiga Games Incorporated & Distribution Rights For 300 Titles Bought For $500K, Re-Releases Likely

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Amiga Games Incorporated & Distribution Rights For 300 Titles Bought For 0K, Re-Releases Likely

Amiga Games Incorporated and the rights to redistribute over 300 classic IPs have been purchased by a Los Angeles distribution company for a cool half million, who plan to re-release some of our favourite games on "smartphones, modern game consoles, PCs, and tablets."

As a dyed-in-the-wool Amiga fanboy, I'm more than a little excited about this.

"AGI builds on the "Amiga" brand and technology to create new revenue from publisher's dormant game libraries," reads a statement from the Writer's Group Film Corporation sent to us today. "AGI resurrects classic Amiga games and other classic titles, by giving them new life on today's gaming platforms: smartphones, PCs, consoles, and tablets. Older gamers can replay favorites from the past, while a new generation of gamers can experience these excellent titles as fresh content."

"The 300+ gaming titles to be distributed by Amiga Games are available to the company under existing licensing agreements with various intellectual property owners."

Writers' Group plans to make some more specific announcements about their new acquisition over the coming weeks, presumably once they've waded through a few more legal shenanigans with copyright holders (as we understand it, AGI has distribution rights but doesn't actually own the IPs in question). We really, really want some compilations please... though I daresay that iOS port jobs will probably be the first port (heh) of call. More as we hear it.

What classic Amiga titles would you like to play again? Personally, I hope that K240, Walker and Uridium 2 make the cut.

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X10  Jul. 9, 2013 at 13:39

Freaking awesome!

"Blood Money" & "Hellfire" I'm looking forward to!

Is there a list of the 300 IP's somewhere?

JonLester  Jul. 9, 2013 at 13:47

They haven't made the list public yet (I assume because there's still going to be some copyright issues with their original creators, perhaps). As soon as we know, we'll update!

socialjeebus  Jul. 9, 2013 at 14:04

Oh yes....

stevenjameshyde  Jul. 9, 2013 at 14:28

Super Skidmarks, Base Jumpers and anything ever released by Sensible Software please!

gmdlogan  Jul. 9, 2013 at 14:36

Sensible Soccer



That is all

Anarchist  Jul. 9, 2013 at 15:16

Brutal football, sensible soccer, chaos engine, (didn't they release that on PC and some dodgy consoles? forget CE2 tho as it was pants), I could probably sit here all day reminiscing now :\

Thinking about it though, lots of the games I want have probably been released on other formats. Where does that leave them?

DivideByZero  Jul. 9, 2013 at 16:13

Awesome, though so many of my favs have already made it on to other formats.

Found my Vidi-Amiga 3 this week... bought back memories.

Did Speedball make it on to anything else?

stevenjameshyde  Jul. 9, 2013 at 16:18

Speedball was on XBLA for a while, it's not there any more though

Anarchist  Jul. 9, 2013 at 16:19

Awesome, though so many of my favs have already made it on to other formats.

Found my Vidi-Amiga 3 this week... bought back memories.

Did Speedball make it on to anything else?


My first thought was speedball 2, but remembered they remade that on IOS already. Not sure about anywhere else!

Late  Jul. 9, 2013 at 16:35

If they're identical to the original games then no thanks, to be honest. If they're updated then I'm interested - but still not completely sold.
I largely try to avoid retro gaming now. It invariably disappoints. Loved Speedball 2 back in the day, but couldn't get into it on the xbox - it just looked so dated.

I don't want to be that guy but graphics are important - and whilst the graphics were okay at the time they just look awful now. Yes gameplay is the most important factor - but I maintain nice graphics do improve your gaming experience (and the high number of HD remakes lately indicates I'm not totally alone in that thinking).

I've had the same problem with most retro gaming in the last decade or so. I keep buying old games that I loved as a kid, and I keep getting disappointed by them.
In recent years I've bought "classic collection" bundles and the like from Sega, Midway, Taito, Capcom, and so on - bundles full of games that were fantastic in their day. But their day, sadly, is long past.
(Of course, if they ever do a HD remake of FF7 I'm all over that.)

Personal opinion, of course, and I do appreciate that a LOT of people love playing their old games. And clearly I like the idea - as I keep buying them. But they just don't do it for me... :(

DivideByZero  Jul. 9, 2013 at 16:39

Yeah same actually.

Keep buying them and rarely as good as I remember.

Ghouls and Ghosts on the PSP is probably one of my favorite ones that I can still play as much now as I could then... and I still SUCK!

Rubisco  Jul. 9, 2013 at 18:03

Brutal football, sensible soccer, chaos engine, (didn't they release that on PC and some dodgy consoles? forget CE2 tho as it was pants), I could probably sit here all day reminiscing now :\

Thinking about it though, lots of the games I want have probably been released on other formats. Where does that leave them?
They still have the rights to distribute the Amiga version. The IP owners would not have foreseen demand for distributing the game on other devices wrapped up in an emulator, so this wouldn't have been taken into account when writing the contract.

Rubisco  Jul. 9, 2013 at 18:16

They've already released the following 44 games on Blackberry:

Alien Breed
Alien Breed 2
Alien Breed Special Edition
Alien Breed Tower Assault
All Terrain Racing
Arcade Pool
Assassin Special Edition
Budokan: The Martial Spirit
Desert Strike
Enigma by Phenomena
F17 Challenge
Full Contact
Gods
Impossamole
Jungle Strike
Katakis
Mr. Nutz
Overdrive
Pegasus
Project-X Special Edition
Qwak
Speedball
Speedball 2
Super Cars
Super Cars II
Superfrog
Switchblade
Switchblade II
The Chaos Engine
The Immortal
Timekeepers
Timekeepers 2
Tiny Troops
Turrican
Turrican II
Turrican III
Valhalla and The Fortress of Eve
Valhalla and The Lord of Infinity
Valhalla: Before the War
Wings
Xenon
Xenon 2
Zool
Zool 2

X10  Jul. 9, 2013 at 18:54

Xenon & Xenon 2!?

stevenjameshyde  Jul. 9, 2013 at 22:04

Timekeepers was brilliant, totally suited to tablets as well. Would definitely pick that one up

Late  Jul. 10, 2013 at 00:35

Xenon & Xenon 2!?

Ah how I loved that Megablast music :D

Rubisco  Jul. 10, 2013 at 01:46

It looks as though they've had some sort of exclusivity deal going on with BlackBerry. They've been heavily promoting the platform over the past year on their website and FB... right up until this announcement which makes no mention of BB at all...

I think there's more to this story than meets the eye! ;)

Anarchist  Jul. 10, 2013 at 08:23

Xenon & Xenon 2!?

Ah how I loved that Megablast music :D


I had xenon 2 on my PC, and wondered what all the fuss was about with the music.

Now I see. \o/

RiKx  Jul. 10, 2013 at 10:28

K240, Walker and Uridium 2 make the cut.
Still got my original boxed versions of these! Hoorah! ;)

RiKx  Jul. 10, 2013 at 10:31

Xenon & Xenon 2!?

Ah how I loved that Megablast music :D


PHUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUQ YEAH!!!!!!!!

RiKx  Jul. 10, 2013 at 10:32

They've already released the following 44 games on Blackberry:

Alien Breed
Alien Breed 2
Alien Breed Special Edition
Alien Breed Tower Assault
All Terrain Racing
Arcade Pool
Assassin Special Edition
Budokan: The Martial Spirit
Desert Strike
Enigma by Phenomena
F17 Challenge
Full Contact
Gods
Impossamole
Jungle Strike
Katakis
Mr. Nutz
Overdrive
Pegasus
Project-X Special Edition
Qwak
Speedball
Speedball 2
Super Cars
Super Cars II
Superfrog
Switchblade
Switchblade II
The Chaos Engine
The Immortal
Timekeepers
Timekeepers 2
Tiny Troops
Turrican
Turrican II
Turrican III
Valhalla and The Fortress of Eve
Valhalla and The Lord of Infinity
Valhalla: Before the War
Wings
Xenon
Xenon 2
Zool
Zool 2


I need these. All of these - how do I get them?!!!!

RiKx  Jul. 10, 2013 at 10:33

love the project X music its so 90s even tho it wasn't really my style....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HbLp8HoEEk

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