Karateka remake heading to PS3, Xbox 360

Game designer Jordan Mechner has announced that the Karateka remake will be available on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade later this year.

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Jordan Mechner, the developer luminary behind the Prince of Persia series, has announced that his indie remake of the game Karateka will be downloadable on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 later this year. Mechner himself is taking an active role as Creative Developer for the first time since 2003's Prince of Persia: Sands of Time.

On his blog, Mechner measures the changes in the new Karateka by the Prince of Persia series. He says it's a "more radical" change than the 2007 Prince of Persia Classic, but less so than Sands of Time. He calls it a remake and re-imagining of the original game.

"I want to show that a game can be simple fun while also telling a human story in a way that's emotional, atmospheric, and beautiful," Mechner said. "I've been encouraged to see gamers embrace downloadable titles like Limbo and Braid - games that stand out because of their design integrity and strong artistic choices, although they were made on modest budgets and don't represent technological breakthroughs. The industry is changing fast. It's an exciting time for indie."

Mechner says his team is looking into releasing the game for platforms besides PSN and XBLA, and will update with more details in the coming months.

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    February 15, 2012 5:45 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Karateka remake heading to PS3, Xbox 360.

    Game designer Jordan Mechner has announced that the Karateka remake will be available on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade later this year.

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      February 15, 2012 6:07 PM

      I already know what NOT to do at the end of the game!

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        February 16, 2012 3:42 AM

        A tough game that I only finished once, and I performed the wrong action as well.

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      February 15, 2012 9:49 PM

      "Mechner himself is taking an active role as Creative Developer for the first time since 2003's Prince of Persia: Sands of Time."

      It'll be good to see what he's capable of here. PoP: SoT was a breath-taking experience. Every subsequent follow-up... not so much.

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      February 16, 2012 4:19 AM

      No pc version. :(

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      February 16, 2012 4:38 AM

      No apple ][e version :(

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      February 16, 2012 5:26 AM

      Fuck Karateka... gimme some Yie Ar Kung Fu! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yie_Ar_Kung_Fu

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      February 16, 2012 5:33 AM

      It is annoying that the game made it's name on an Apple/computer and won't even be on that platform. Utter fail.

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        February 16, 2012 5:37 AM

        Good point.

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        February 16, 2012 5:52 AM

        That was thirty years ago! Let it goooooooooooooooo.

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        February 16, 2012 6:29 AM

        They will port it to the Amiga just for fun.

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        February 16, 2012 6:33 AM

        There was never a Mac version, even in the '80s

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          February 16, 2012 8:53 AM

          No one mentioned Macs. It was on the Apple II.

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            February 16, 2012 8:54 AM

            thus, it can't be on that platform, even if it made its name on apple

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        February 16, 2012 11:01 AM

        Blame Apple, they've hated gamers for ages.

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      February 16, 2012 8:59 AM

      ok i'm going to be the cranky jaded guy and say there really wasn't all that much to karateka worth remaking. Before you spit-take and call me a fag though hear me out - I went back and played it after absolutely falling in love with the original Prince of Persia. Karateka is neat but its fucking short and the combat is simplistic and there's just not that much to it. Story? Characters? Ok, good karate guy vs evil karate guy to save karate girlfriend.

      Well, there's an eagle. There's that.

      Why remake this?

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