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News  17, Mar 2014

X-COM creator launches Chaos Reborn Kickstarter project

Julian Gollop’s remake of classic ZX Spectrum game features high fantasy elements, massive single-player campaign, and procedural generated realms

Image credit: Julian Gollop

Old-school strategy buffs may remember the highly-praised X-COM series back in the 90s (and the equally-great 2012 remake), so this piece of news may pique their interests. The series’ original creator Julian Gollop has announced on Kickstarter a remake of an old strategy game called Chaos: The Battle of Wizards.

Dubbed Chaos Reborn, the PC/Mac/Linux-based RPG strategy game is based on the aforementioned ZX Spectrum title. Players control wizards as they summon all manner of high fantasy beasts of varying size and pitting them in turn-based combat. The strategy title also shows off a contrast aesthetic, with blue and red players highlighted in full on a dark background. Or it could be a prototype and placeholder art; it’s not really clear in some parts of the video on the page.

The game promises to have a large single-player campaign, an online multiplayer and co-operation mode, and procedural generated maps and realms so that no two experiences are the same. For added credibility (as if being the creator of X-COM isn’t enough), Irrational Games’ Ken Levine participated in the Kickstarter video to offer his testimonial to the creator’s work.

The Kickstarter is fully funded if it reaches US$180,000. Currently, the project is at US$10,883 with 30 days to go. Strategy fans may have to wait a while for this to hit digital shelves as it’s slated for a spring 2015 release. Check out the rest of the pictures below to get a visual idea on how starry the project looks.

Image credit: Julian Gollop

 

Image credit: Julian Gollop

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Jonathan Toyad

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