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LONDON, Dec. 5, 2013 –Mastertronic joined
forces with two Godfathers of Britsoft to bring you an all-new
version of one of the greatest games of all time, Speedball 2
HD. Speedball 2 HD is now available on PC for $9.99.
If gaming life has a narrative, Speedball 2 plays a huge part in
many stories. From original developers The Bitmap Brothers and Jon
Hare’s Tower Studios comes a faithful high definition remake
of the peerless ‘90s classic. Relive those epic Speedball
memories with a brutal mix of handball, football, and ice hockey,
punctuated by super power-ups and tactical switches, all brought
together by Appster’s ‘2013 Indie Developer of the
Year,’ Vivid Games.
Players choose their team, lock them in and then get ready for
ruthless action! Players can manage and upgrade their Speedball
team with full player transfer market across four planets and new
formations. Featuring 330 team members to choose from and six new
arenas, the ultimate mission is to assemble a Speedball team to win
the Intergalactic Champions League and bring the greatest prize in
galactic sport back to Earth. Points are earned by injuring
opponents as well as scoring goals, so let the carnage begin!
“Retro style PC games are a growing trend. Many of today's
game developers, like Vivid Games, grew up in the 8- and 16-bit
eras and enjoy using their talents to breathe new life into old
classics. We have all enjoyed working with Mike Montgomery to bring
back the magic of the original Speedball franchise with enhanced
mechanics and features for the modern gamer,” said Jon Hare.
“Speedball 2 was one of my favorite games on the Amiga, so
when Mike offered it to me to work on I couldn’t turn it
down. We have done great things with Speedball in recent times at
Tower Studios and now we have Speedball 2 HD, the best version of
this classic game ever to grace a PC screen.”
“Working on the original The Bitmap Brothers games, it
becomes apparent how much of those games are still relevant
today,” said Mike Montgomery. “It’s been a
fascinating journey translating the original Atari ST game for
modern engines but with that said, Speedball 2 HD is as strong and
addictive as ever before.”
Developed by Vivid Games and designed, directed and produced by
Jon Hare with Mike Montgomery, Speedball 2 HD is available now on
Steam with a 20% discount.
In addition, indie developers Mode 7 are offering all that buy
Frozen Endzone a 30% discount to Speedball 2 HD on Steam.
Speedball 2 HD is available for 20% off the first week only
Receive 30% off Speedball 2 HD on Steam when you purchase Frozen
Endzone, available here:
Tower Studios is owned and operated by Jon Hare, founding member
of the legendary Sensible Software, one of the most successful
European game development companies of the 20th Century.
Hare’s strong games design pedigree has produced 10 titles
that have reached #1 across Europe. Recently, the company has been
working quietly behind the scenes with
The Bitmap Brothers and some of today’s most
successful digital developers, such as “Indie Developer of
the Year” Vivid games to bring back old school development
values into both classic remakes and new titles for the digital
Vivid Games is one of Europe’s premier emerging
independent development studios, with a passion for accessible and
engaging gaming at the heart of its philosophy. Founded in 2006,
Vivid Games is making a valuable contribution to the worldwide
games development community. Vivid Games has become renowned for
its specialization in cross-platform development, working both with
licensed brands and exciting new IPs of its own.
Mastertronic is a multi-platform games developer and publisher
and incorporates Just Flight, Just Trains, Sold Out, Get Games and
Mastertronic Games making and selling games all over the world in
both digital and packaged goods formats. 25 years old this year,
Mastertronic prides itself in partnering with the best developer
talent around to share great games experiences with all gamers.