Amiga fans should note that a rebuilt version of The Chaos Engine will be releasing on Steam, GOG and other downloadable PC marketplaces from August 29th. What makes this port notable, beyond the cult status of the original, is that original Bitmap Brothers developer Mike Montgomery has been heavily involved in the project along with the team that successfully brought Hotline Miami to Playstation Vita. There's no arguing with the talent.
This enhanced edition comes complete with remastered graphics, online co-op and all the usual Steam frippery. Launch trailer, details and PR quotes below.
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!”