Rumor: Flashback Flashes Back

Rumor: Flashback Flashes Back

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It looks like the classic 2D platformer Flashback is getting a fresh makeover for modern systems.

I was always more of an Another World man myself, but Flashback was pretty good stuff too and apparently even sold more copies - according to Guinness Book of Records, in fact, it's the best-selling French videogame of all time. Of all time! Another World got a nice overhaul in 2006 with a 15th Anniversary Edition that brought the game to modern PCs, and now it appears that Flashback will get an even more intensive facelift in a remake called Flashback Origins.

Gameblog.fr claims to have the first screen from the game, courtesy of an anonymous source, as well as a link to a page from the Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée [CNC], which lists Flashback Origins as being in pre-production at Vector Cell, a French development studio owned by none other than Paul Cuisset, the designer of the original Flashback. The project has received €300,000 ($400,000) in CNC funding.

Nothing else is known at this point but the purported Flashback Part Deux screen looks like the real deal, and there are certainly worse games you could remake. We'll keep you posted!

Source: Gameblog.fr (Google translated)

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Man, I thought this was about the show FlashForward for a moment.

I got excited....

It would have been nice if this article bothered to throw in a quick sentence or two about what the game actually was about, for those of us that didn't already know.

Disappointing, it should have been a FPS with co-op.

Squilookle:
It would have been nice if this article bothered to throw in a quick sentence or two about what the game actually was about, for those of us that didn't already know.

Spoiler tagged in case anyone wants to play it and didn't know the story.

It looks like it'll be a Bionic Commando type of remake?

Which, if this is real, doesn't bug me none.

I think it's entirely reasonable to say Flashback is the greatest game ever made.

Or, at the very least, under-appreciated.

Squilookle:
It would have been nice if this article bothered to throw in a quick sentence or two about what the game actually was about, for those of us that didn't already know.

Flashback is a cyberpunk platformer from all the way back in the SNES days. It was much more story focused and cinematic than many of the other games in the same genre at the time, and had a surprisingly in-depth story. It is more comparable to modern day indie platformers like Limbo, Cave Story, or Iji than anything out of that era. It received one sequel, called Pitch Black, that wasn't very well received.

OT: If this is true... Sweet! Was never able to get into Flashback when I originally tried to play it; could never figure out how to actually get past the first area. Will probably give this a look when(if) it comes out. :P

BreakfastMan:

Squilookle:
It would have been nice if this article bothered to throw in a quick sentence or two about what the game actually was about, for those of us that didn't already know.

Flashback is a cyberpunk platformer from all the way back in the SNES days. It was much more story focused and cinematic than many of the other games in the same genre at the time, and had a surprisingly in-depth story. It is more comparable to modern day indie platformers like Limbo, Cave Story, or Iji than anything out of that era. It received one sequel, called Pitch Black, that wasn't very well received.

OT: If this is true... Sweet! Was never able to get into Flashback when I originally tried to play it; could never figure out how to actually get past the first area. Will probably give this a look when(if) it comes out. :P

OK, I appreciate the reply and everything, but literally the only two words you wrote that help in any way are 'cyberpunk platformer'. How it compared to other games of the time is completely irrelevant for those that just want to know what it is!

Squilookle:

BreakfastMan:

Squilookle:
It would have been nice if this article bothered to throw in a quick sentence or two about what the game actually was about, for those of us that didn't already know.

Flashback is a cyberpunk platformer from all the way back in the SNES days. It was much more story focused and cinematic than many of the other games in the same genre at the time, and had a surprisingly in-depth story. It is more comparable to modern day indie platformers like Limbo, Cave Story, or Iji than anything out of that era. It received one sequel, called Pitch Black, that wasn't very well received.

OT: If this is true... Sweet! Was never able to get into Flashback when I originally tried to play it; could never figure out how to actually get past the first area. Will probably give this a look when(if) it comes out. :P

OK, I appreciate the reply and everything, but literally the only two words you wrote that help in any way are 'cyberpunk platformer'. How it compared to other games of the time is completely irrelevant for those that just want to know what it is!

I dunno, I thought it was helpful for understanding just what type of platformer it is, since the term "platformer" is pretty broad. :(

Captcha: Get out... No u.

One of the must-plays from the SNES library. If you want a cinematic, engrossing adventure with lots of action and puzzles, this is for you. I still put in the old SNES cartridge from time to time.

Imagine a time when televisions weren't HD and in order to play a console game you had to change the TV channel to either 3 or 4, and movies were bought on 'video tapes' . During that same era, the game Flashback showed your character, Conrad, opening his leather jacket every time he takes out his gun. Every shot fired had a shell casing flying over his head, all with your character shown at less than 1/6 total screen height. All character movement was fluid, almost rotoscoped, and the death animations were especially jarring with their eerie realism. If you fell from more than two stories you would bounce a little when you hit the ground and then...nothing, no cutesy death animation or jingle.

They should also do an HD port of the original and call it "Flashback: Ahead of its Time".

No sure if i should be excited that such a good game is getting an update or being annoyed that the game devs are raiding the graveyard again instead of making new ips.

I'm all for a rerelease but that screenshot looks awful. Lets hope they do better than that with the final product.

Squilookle:

BreakfastMan:

Squilookle:
It would have been nice if this article bothered to throw in a quick sentence or two about what the game actually was about, for those of us that didn't already know.

Flashback is a cyberpunk platformer from all the way back in the SNES days. It was much more story focused and cinematic than many of the other games in the same genre at the time, and had a surprisingly in-depth story. It is more comparable to modern day indie platformers like Limbo, Cave Story, or Iji than anything out of that era. It received one sequel, called Pitch Black, that wasn't very well received.

OT: If this is true... Sweet! Was never able to get into Flashback when I originally tried to play it; could never figure out how to actually get past the first area. Will probably give this a look when(if) it comes out. :P

OK, I appreciate the reply and everything, but literally the only two words you wrote that help in any way are 'cyberpunk platformer'. How it compared to other games of the time is completely irrelevant for those that just want to know what it is!

Wow. Just what do you want? If you really don't get anything from that guys reply other than cyberpunk platformer I don't think anyone can help you. But to summarise, platformer, focused on an in depth story, cinematic.

number2301:
I'm all for a rerelease but that screenshot looks awful. Lets hope they do better than that with the final product.

Squilookle:

BreakfastMan:

Flashback is a cyberpunk platformer from all the way back in the SNES days. It was much more story focused and cinematic than many of the other games in the same genre at the time, and had a surprisingly in-depth story. It is more comparable to modern day indie platformers like Limbo, Cave Story, or Iji than anything out of that era. It received one sequel, called Pitch Black, that wasn't very well received.

OT: If this is true... Sweet! Was never able to get into Flashback when I originally tried to play it; could never figure out how to actually get past the first area. Will probably give this a look when(if) it comes out. :P

OK, I appreciate the reply and everything, but literally the only two words you wrote that help in any way are 'cyberpunk platformer'. How it compared to other games of the time is completely irrelevant for those that just want to know what it is!

Wow. Just what do you want? If you really don't get anything from that guys reply other than cyberpunk platformer I don't think anyone can help you. But to summarise, platformer, focused on an in depth story, cinematic.

Granted- I may have seemed overly harsh- I'm more critiquing the original article than the reply, but as he said, 'platformer' is a broad term, and so is 'cyberpunk'.

For example, I could call Deus Ex a cyberpunk first person shooter, and that doesn't even come close to describing the game and doing it justice. I could tell you that it had better story than it's contemporaries, had a rubbish sequel, tell you it's review scores etc etc etc and it still doesn't tell you much about the game itself. The original article didn't even tell us the game was cyberpunk!

I feel the need to post this here: a let's play of the original Flashback, made by Yahtzee from before he was famous: http://lparchive.org/Flashback/

This is the first game I ever had on my first PC. I can't wait to play the remake.
I hope that they'll improve the way you control your character, since it wasn't very good in the original.

I think the word "Squee" is very appropiate here. Flashback was one of my favourite games while growing up and I'll be eager to see how it turns out. Let's hope they keep the spirit of the game intact. :)

Wow, I didn't know it sold that well. I had and loved the demo on the MegaCD. Always wished I couldn't owned the actual game.

BTW, is anyone aware that there was actually a sequel to Flashback on the PSX, Fade to Black?

I hope they take the music form the Amiga-version. The title theme alone was epic! But I'll get it anyway, 'Flashback' is one hell of a game!

I only have one thing to say... Won't someone take my money for it now?

I loved the game, hoping they do it justice without making it over too damn much to be unrecognizable...

This is some awesome news. I absolutely loved Flashback back in the day - even today I'd put it in my personal top ten.

For those who weren't gaming or weren't into gaming culture when Flashback first appeared, just know that in its day it was easily one of the greatest games around. It really is one of a kind, and the fact that it's so unfamiliar to gamers today is a tragedy.

Terramax:
Wow, I didn't know it sold that well. I had and loved the demo on the MegaCD. Always wished I couldn't owned the actual game.

BTW, is anyone aware that there was actually a sequel to Flashback on the PSX, Fade to Black?

Yeah, I had it and for some reason I didn't like it.


I didn't even know it was a sequel to Flashback at the time, but I suspected it was because of the way the main character was dressed.

It's strange to think that 20 years later side-scrolling games would come back into fashion. If they had just done a more dynamic game, still as a side-scroller, I think they would have been okay. Take this early Bungie game, Abuse. Strange, I think Abuse came out after Marathon:

Yahtzee can now teabag idiots with a sexy 3D model of the hero!

The sequel, Fade to Black which was one of the first ps1 games is in far more desperate need of a remake, that game was cutting edge when it was one of the ps1 games but omg has it aged horribly... Both visuals and gameplay :(

Original flashback still holds up due to the 2d animation imo.

Related: yahtzee before he became a contributor on escapist and famous for ZP, did an awesome vid of him finishing the end sequence of flashback: the protagonist Conrad planting the bomb on alien homeworld then making dramatic escape to the tune of "living on a prayer" :)

As far as dramatic end game escape sequences go, this still holds up really well imo :)

For those that don't know, this game was one of those "slow" platformers akin to Prince of Persia back in the day. It had niche appeal, but the pacing was great in that you oftentimes had time to think about what you're going to do beforehand.

one of my all time favourite games glad to hear its being remade (fade to black was terrible though)

 

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