Mechner revealed the new game at the San Diego Comic-Con, according to a Gamasutra report, saying, "There actually is a plan to bring back Karateka. It' a project I'm going to be involved in. I can safely say it's not going to be in the way you expect." When asked if the project was a videogame, Mechner confirmed that it is.
Originally designed for the Apple II, Mechner developed and released Karateka while still a student at Yale University. The game earned instant acclaim for its smooth, flowing character animations, which represented a major step forward over previous efforts, and also paved the way for the creation of his 1989 hit Prince of Persia. A new Prince of Persia game was announced in April, as well as a Prince of Persia movie that's scheduled to begin shooting in 2009, and which will have its own entirely separate videogame adaption.