ININ Games and Strictly Limited Games have announced that their 2D platformer, Clockwork Aquario, will be releasing for Xbox One and PC via Steam in Summer 2022. No specific release date was given.
Clockwork Aquario was initially supposed to release in Arcades in 1992 and was being developed by Westone, known for creating the Wonder Boy series. The game would push the SEGA System 18 arcade hardware to its limits with its 2D graphic engine. However, fighting and 3D games were dominating arcades at the time, which led to the game being shelved.
Strictly Limited Games approached SEGA/LAT along with ININ games to release the game on current generation consoles. Even though they secured a license, some parts, including sound, music, and several graphics, were not recoverable from the source code, which led to the publisher gathering as many members of the original Westone team to finish the project. Chief programmer, Takanori Kurihara, music composer, Shinichi Sakamoto, and Wonder Boy director Ryuichi Nishizawa also joined development.
Strictly Limited Games is hosting a few different limited editions for the PlayStation 4 and Switch versions of the game, though some are now sold out.:
- The Limited Edition for PS4 is available for 29,99€. (Switch is already sold out.)
- The Collector’s Edition is priced at 69,99€ and includes amongst others an Acrylic Diorama, 2 soundtracks (original & remix), an Arcade Coin (100-yen-style), and character cards.
- The Ultra Collector’s Edition is available for 129,99€ and includes everything from the CE and even more cool items like a beautiful 18cm figurine of Elle, Huck, and Gush, and a Shikishi.
If you missed it, check out our review of the game’s Nintendo Switch version.
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