Posts Tagged ‘outcast’

Outcast Remake Is Happening After All

A remake of cult classic Outcast is still in the works, says the developer of the original. Outcast – Second Contact is being released in March next year, despite some troubled years in development. The original game was released way back in 1999 and was generally well-received by critics, while being thoroughly ignored by the unwashed masses. By this, I mean you. I was barely alive in 1999, so don’t lay any of that at my doorstep.

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Outcast 1.1 Brings HD Support To The 57th Best Game Ever

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I guess it’s sad that the Outcast HD Kickstarter didn’t work out, but ‘New Game From The People Who Made X’ tends to excite me more than ‘Hey Here’s X Again.’ Hopefully we’ll hear of a new project from devs Fresh3D before too long, but in the meantime there’s been a surprise gift: Outcast 1.1, overhauled from the source code to support higher resolutions and multi-threaded rendering. The much-loved, if adorably shonky, openish world action-adventure gets another day in the sun after all.
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Outcast Is The 57th Best PC Game Of All Time

I understand that rumours are circulating that Outcast is not the 57th best PC game of all time. I say to you that this is a dangerous lie, not to be believed on any account. It doesn’t matter what else you may or may not have have read elsewhere. Outcast is the 57th best PC game of all time. This is because it has both good qualities and bad qualities.

Cast Out: Outcast HD Kickstarter Fails

Back in the day Outcast aimed for the stars – perhaps even above them – and managed to be surprisingly excellent when you got past its many, many rough edges. The Kickstarter for Outcast’s HD reboot took a similarly ambitious tact (to the tune of $600,000), but it’s sadly fallen short. The Kickstarter’s time on this mortal Internet is now up, and an enhanced remake of the open-world cult classic isn’t happening. At least, not without some other form of funding to back it up.

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Slade To Measure: Outcast HD Footage

The Outcast HD Kickstarter campaign is aiming high. I know plenty of people who remember the open world adventure fondly but $600,000 is a huge amount to ask for. With just less than two weeks to go, there’s less than $250,000 in pledges and it’s hard not to think that the most recent update video might have helped if it had been part of the pitch page from the beginning. Although still using some old assets, specifically for “the characters, animations and effects”, you’ll find the first footage of the recreated HD environments below. Along with the video, there’s a voiceover giving an overview of the game for those who may not have played it or may not remember what made it so special. Best of all, you can hear the orchestral score, which contains some of my favourite music ever written for a game.

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Outcast Reboot HD Wants Your Kickstarter Monies

The first thing I ever got published in PC Gamer was a reader review of Outcast. In the next issue I was being paid to write, but I can assure you the two events weren’t connected. In fact, having written about why I really didn’t like Outcast, I was lucky to get work at all. “Pixels the size of your fist” I believe I wrote of the not-actually-voxel-based free-roaming action-adventure. Well, I’ve now got a chance to be wrong all over again, as a bunch of the original developers have bought all the rights from the wow-do-they-still-exist Atari, and have just launched a Kickstarter to see the game remade.

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The 57th Best News Of All Time: Outcast To Return

I should play the original again, my PC might be able to run it by now

This will inevitably end up on Kickstarter, and in the light of Double Fine’s budgeting mayhem that phrase is a far less reassuring one today than it would have been yesterday. But let’s cling tight to hope for now, for the good news is that the creators of ahead-of-its-time 1999 voxel adventure Outcast have rescued the rights from The Artist Formerly Known As Infogrames and announced plans to bring the remarkably ambitious old open world sci-fi dear back to life. Hurrah! Hurrah! Thrice hurrah! Please be 100% sure of your required budget before asking people to fund it! Hurrah!
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