The Bitmap Brothers’ 1993 classic top-down shooter The Chaos Engine is being remade for PC, Mac and Linux. Older gamers rejoice!
The original game was set in a steampunk Victorian Britain, and pitted a pair of mercenaries (either two player co-op, or single player and a computer-controlled ally) against mutant monsters and machines created by the Chaos Engine.
Check out the teaser trailer:
Producer Neil McKenna told Digital Spy that the remake is “built on the Amiga source code. The developers have written an emulator to go around that,” and The Bitmap Brothers’ own Mike Montgomery is advising on how to get the most out of the original code. The official game website is http://www.thechaosenginegame.com/, but there’s no word on a release date as yet.
The Bitmap Brothers were the rockstars of the 16-bit era, developing classic titles like Speedball 2, Gods, and Xenon 2 for Atari ST, Amiga, and PC, as well as home consoles. If The Chaos Engine remake is a success, hopefully we will see the rest of the Bitmap Brothers’ back catalog remastered for a new generation.