What to look forward to: Nightdive Studios has built a reputation for remastering classic first-person shooters and isn’t going to stop anytime soon. We now have a slightly better idea of what games the company might update next thanks to a viral tweet.
This week, the head of Nightdive Studios responded to a popular tweet by hinting at what kind of retro remasters the company might currently have in development. Recent developments in the gaming industry make some of the proposals in the original tweet more likely than others.
After someone posted a grid of old-school first-person shooters on Twitter, asking respondents to pick one from each row, Nightdive CEO Steven Kick quoted them as pointing to four that the studio had already reworked, then said it was in the works. there are new ones. The list of games Nightdive may yet return to is long, but Kik’s tweet paves the way for some teasing speculation.
We’ve updated 4 of them… and more on the way… https://t.co/GHhyXs5Z8B
— Steven *Blade Kicker* Kick (@pripyatbeast) July 28, 2022
From the network, Nightdive brought the original Quake, Powerslave, Blood, and Doom 64 to modern platforms with numerous improvements. Also from the original tweet, Duke Nukem 3D and Shadow Warrior both have remasters (although the latter is not available on consoles), and Rise of the Triad has a remake. Extended Open Source Versions Marathon games are in the public domain and Chasm: The Rift will be go to steam in October.
Of the others, the two most likely candidates for the Nightdive treatment are Heretic and Hexen. Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard includes ownership of these games, and fans are already hoping the company will re-release them. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer mentioned Hexen when talking about buying in January. Microsoft began offering both games for free on PC via Xbox Insider earlier this month.
However, the Xbox Insider ports are relatively simple public trials. Nightdive could do something with Heretic and Hexen, similar to how he improved Quake after buying Microsoft Bethesda. Another network-related possibility is that the studio could follow Quake with Quake II and Quake III Arena. Even Wolfenstein 3D is out of the question.
Another favorite game mentioned here is Star Wars: Dark Forces. Kick expressed interest in the game in 2019, although it’s unclear if Disney will allow Nightdive to be remastered. If this never happens, PC users may still be able to play the game with modern enhancements since the original port approaching release of version 1.0.
GoldenEye is also featured in the original tweet, and leaks from January pointed to an imminent reissue. Microsoft has been trying to remake the Nintendo 64 classic for years, but rumor has it that licensing issues have plagued the project. Recent reports the war in Ukraine is said to have jeopardized the last effort.
Alien Trilogy, Unreal, Unreal Tournament and Redneck Rampage are other options. Neither have received re-releases since their original launch. Of these, Unreal would certainly be the most popular.
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