Metroid Prime was the primary 3D Metroid recreation and it’s nonetheless thought of a GameCube basic, spawning two sequels and no less than one fan try and port it to PC. However one staff is taking a totally totally different tack: they’re remaking Metroid Prime as a 2D platformer, in step with the fashion of basic NES and SNES Metroid video games.
Dubbed Prime 2D, it’s the work of Group SCU, which has apparently been engaged on the undertaking since 2004, albeit with some personnel adjustments alongside the way in which, in addition to the assistance of “hundreds of volunteers.” The staff issued a free demo of the undertaking late final week, and you’ll obtain it right here when you’re eager (or you’ll be able to simply watch the video above).
Naturally, a first-person recreation can’t be completely transferred onto a 2D aircraft, and in a put up from 2017 Group SCU defined that over the course of Prime 2D’s improvement the scope has shifted dramatically. “Rather than the pixel-perfect translation envisioned by our predecessors, we are taking a more targeted approach as a commentary on the shift from classic 2D to modern 3D gaming,” it says.
“Instead of copying the source material exactly, we are instead focused on taking the core concepts, translating those, and then implementing them in a logical 2D solution. By doing this we allow ourselves to focus on building a good game first and foremost, and then using that as a base on which to create a familiar experience, rather than constraining ourselves to trying to implement 3D ideas in 2D space.”
The gameplay footage reveals a platformer that might most likely have pushed the 16-bit SNES to its limits, if it had labored in any respect, and doubtless wouldn’t have been welcome on the Nintendo 64, which by no means bought its personal Metroid instalment. To be sincere, it seems prefer it belongs to now, alongside stuff like Axiom Verge, Lifeless Cells and Blasphemous.
As lovingly crafted because the demo is, Nintendo’s famously litigious method to fan tasks could put a restrict on its availability. Right here’s hoping it survives although, and the undertaking involves fruition.