I’m not saying I cause all the good things in the world. I leave it to others to accurately observe this. So it will have to be someone else who gives me my deserved credit for the exciting news that West Coast Software has gained the license to remake D/Generation. I mean, I mentioned it only three weeks ago on RPS, as an example of a game people have forgotten about but that brings a wave of joyful nostalgia when recalled. And now, well, I’m just saying. Big thanks to Retro Gamer for the spot.
Of course, on sharing this news in the RPS bunker, I was horrified to learn that of the ghastly young flibbertigibbets working today (Alice, Graham, Alec and Ben), none of them remember it. Ben, who is I think seven, linked this. Just no words. But fortunately, I know I’ll not be alone, and I’ll not be the only person who sees screenshots of the original and feels a weird old shiver.
Oh gosh, those coloured doors, the blue lines around the furniture… Original creator Robert Cook seems to have managed to retain the license, despite original 1991 publishers Mindscape still going. And he’s given the go-ahead to West Coast Software, the developers behind Putty Squad, a recent James Pond remake, and, um, NOW! That’s What I Call Music Dance & Sing.
They’ve got the chap behind the Amiga and ST versions of the original, John Jones-Steele (who worked on Ingrid’s Back! Declaration of interests: I play-tested that game when I was 10), and intend to create a faithful HD remake.
They suggest a Christmas release in their press release, which means it’s not long to wait to see if they pull it off. In the meantime, here’s a longplay by World Of Longplays:
I swear I still see those pipe things in my dreams.