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Karateka Returns as an HD Remake

Jordan Mechner, creator of Karateka of Karateka and Prince of Persia for early computers and consoles of the 80s, has made an announcement on his official website. He is going back to the metaphorical garage to create Karateka for a new generation of gamers, and he's doing it as an indie project, with total control and no publisher interference. In many ways, it's a return to his roots as that's how the original Karateka was first made, before being published by Broderbund for the Apple and Atari computers in 1984. From his website:

It’s closer than the 2003 POP:SOT was to the original, side-scrolling Prince of Persia. But it’s a more radical reinvention than, say, the 2007 XBLA Prince of Persia Classic. 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.

For me as creative director, it’s been an exciting chance to experiment with new gameplay mechanics and ideas that on previous console generations (and on the Apple II) I could only have dreamed about.

Karateka is slated as a downloadable game for the PS3 and Xbox 360, set for release later this year.



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