Ubisoft announces Flashback remake

The original team behind 1992’s sci-fi side-scroller, Flashback, are back again with a modern remake of the classic. The game will be coming to XBLA and PSN this summer.

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The game will be completely rebuilt with Unreal Engine 3 and will retell the story of agent Conrad who is attempting to prevent an alien invasion.

According to developer Vector Cell, the remake “remain(s) faithful to the spirit of the original game,” but has been designed to “take full advantage of the computing power of today’s machines”.

“The story is true to the original scenario, and all the characters and their enemies from the first game are all back. It has been beefed up and modernized though. Some characters that were sort of in the background in the first version were developed and have taken on more importance. We also went back and took a longer look at some of the blurry spots in the first Flashback and the fans will hopefully discover certain aspects of the world that might have been overlooked.”

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The original Flashback

VectorCell also claims that the gameplay has been made “more reactive and dynamic”, with a new experience and upgrade system set to be introduced in the remake. Accessibility has also been “brought up to current standards”, Vector Cell says, commenting on the original game’s level design as being “rather punishing through today’s lenses”.

“All in all, though, we’re extremely happy with the result,” VectorCell says. “We feel we were able to keep Flashback’s soul and put it into a new body.”