James Pond remake seeking Kickstarter funding

By Mean Machines Staff - 22 Sep, 2013

The codfather is back

The codfather is back

With the recent craze for producing retro remakes of classic games, perhaps it was only a matter of time before we saw a new James Pond game. A remake of the fishy platformer has now hit Kickstarter seeking the lofty goal of £100,000 by 7th October in order to fund development.

Back in the days James Pond - Underwater Agent on the Mega Drive got 79% in Mean Machines, whereas Robocod which came a few months later was awarded a mighty 95%.

Jeremy Cooke, CEO of Gameware, said: "22 years ago, James Pond hit our consoles and has never really left our thoughts.

"What we want to do, is to bring back Pond. Collect everything together that made Pond what it is, and produce a game that not only embodies everything great about the previous games, but also acknowledges the not-so-great stuff and delivers it with updated graphics sound and interfaces."

If successful the remake will be developed for the PC, but if various stretch goals are met then we could see it being ported to traditional console platforms also, as well as iOS and Android.

Developers have already acquired the James Pond licence and are "bringing the licence back to the independents", adding that this allows them to produce the game fans want to see. 

To add confusion to this, independent publisher Systems 3 recently announced that they are developing James Pond: Codename Robocod, the 1991 sequel to the original. Apparently they own the rights to that franchise, while Gameware own the rights to "James Pond". A funny state of affairs to say the least!

At the time of writing only £8,550 has been pledged, although there are 27 days left to go. Given the disastrous way in which the Olivier Twins recent campaign to reboot the Dizzy franchise went, we're not holding out much hope for James Pond to hit it's funding goal really.

Do you intend to back this Kickstarter, or do you think it all smells a bit fishy?
 
Source: Kickstarter


Jaz's Sheep - 04 Oct 2013, 14:49 GMT

It'd be a bizarre choice of game to re-boot anyway IMO. The original was "meh", and the sequel - whilst good overall and superb upon initial play - lacked depth and was never a classic. I can't even remember it having that big a following?

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