January 9th, 2014 – Chilli Hugger Software is pleased to announce that a new version of the critically acclaimed Commodore Amiga and Atari ST game Midwinter is now in development.
First released in 1989, Midwinter was created by pioneering British game designer Mike Singleton, who died in 2012. The new Midwinter project has the full support of the Singleton family, and includes key members of the original development team. Original Midwinter programmer and industry veteran Dave Gautrey is the technical lead on the game, using the original game code and design documents as a foundation. Games journalist, scriptwriter and author Dan Whitehead has taken on the creative lead role, responsible for narrative design and gameplay. Chilli Hugger founder Chris Wild, developer of the iOS remake of Singleton's The Lords of Midnight, is overseeing the project.
Chris says: “Midwinter was a seminal game, and a huge influence on the open world sandbox genre, but Mike's vision was held back by the technology of the time. Our aim is to bring Midwinter back into the modern gaming environment, combining the depth and variety of the original with today's cutting edge visuals and processing power. The goal is not to merely remake the game, but to fully realise Mike's ambitious design without the limitations of 16-bit hardware.”
Midwinter has been in pre-production throughout 2013 and will enter the next stage of development with a Kickstarter campaign in early 2014, at which point the core development team will be expanded. Anyone interested in being part of the project at that time are asked to contact Chilli Hugger software directly.
Midwinter is aiming for an early 2015 release.
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