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Flashback HD announced for XBLA, PSN

Original creator heading up "re-imagined" classic

Ubisoft has officially announced an HD Flashback remake for Xbox Live Arcade and PSN following a leak earlier this year.

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The new game, rebuilt in 3D using the Unreal Engine, is being helmed by original creator Paul Cuisset and his French development studio VectorCell.

"It's not a reboot. It's Flashback re-imagined," describes the game's official docs. "You'll find everything you always liked in this classic that set standards of the genre in the 90's, and brought up to speed with the 21st century technology and expectations."

The original Flashback was released for Amiga in 1992, then later ported to Mega Drive, SNES, CD-ROM and Mac, among other platforms.

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Here are the key features, via Ubisoft:

  • One of the best adventure-action games ever created re-imagined by its creators. It's the same team. It's the same passion. Only this time, they have had much more firepower at their disposal to recreate the legendary classic!
  • Gorgeous graphics, amazing animations. It's the Flashback you've always dreamed of. True to the original spirit but made a million times better by using modern engines such as Unreal and Havok. The makeover is completely stunning.
  • It's all about Gameplay. The team modernized gameplay mechanics, making the game more reactive, offering new features, like gadgets and an experience progression system. But the developers kept the original formula in mind: a fine balance between rolling and shooting, exploring remote space stations and obliterating hostile alien planets.
  • Bringing back new memories. The story was revamped to speak to 21st century gamers. Most of the cast of the original game is still here - Conrad, the Morphs - but you can expect new characters and a few twists you're definitely not going to forget... this time.

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