The classic Commodore 64 title, Turrican, is to be reborn according to the latest edition of the German edition of Retro Gamer magazine.
According to the article, Turrican Reborn is being planned right now but it’s only in the early stages. It is likely development won’t start until later this year. For those of you who weren’t around to enjoy the Turrican series, the original 2D shooter came out in 1990 for the Commodore 64 but was also ported to the Atari ST, Amiga, CDTV, Mega Drive/Genesis, Game Boy, PC Engine, ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC.
The 2D side-scrolling shooter was popular and had several sequels but it’s a series that hasn’t ever made it onto modern consoles but that could soon change. Although there’s not much detail about Turrican Reborn, we do know it will stick to its 2D roots unlike a lot of retro reboots. The article also says that weapon customization and crafting will play a big part and players will also be able to create their own stages and perhaps even share them online. It’s also unknown if the series soundtrack creator, Chris Hülsbeck will be on board either but it’s predicted he will be, as last year he successfully had his Kickstarter funded for a Turrican Soundtrack Anthology. It has also been rumoured that the right holders to Turrican have been in contact with Black Forest Games, who made Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, giving us a hint to who might develop Turrican Reborn.
Hopefully Turrican Reborn will actually be released as three Turrican games have been planned and canned in the past. Turrican 3D was meant to be released in 1999 but was cancelled by THQ, Thornado was a Turrican spin-off that was meant to come on the Gamecube but it never made it, and most recently, a Next-Gen version of Turrican was being planned by Factor 5 but they went bankrupt and the game was never completed.
Retro gamers will be delighted but need to wait until an official announcement is made, before getting their hopes up.