Yes you did read the title right! So its been 20 years since SEGA discontinued it’s Mega Drive console. Back when Xbox and PlayStation we’re just a dream, The Gaming market was dominated by SEGA and Nintendo.
Is the Mega Drive about to get a another go at the gaming world?
What is the New Title?
It’s called: Tanglewood by game Big Evil Corporation
TANGLEWOOD is a brand new and original game for the SEGA Mega Drive, to be released on physical cartridge in spring 2018.
Set in the realm of Tanglewood, the game follows a young creature, Nymn, separated from the pack after the sun sets. Unable to get back to the safety of the family’s underground home, Nymn must find a way to survive the night terrors and get to morning. TANGLEWOOD’s world is a dangerous one after dark; guiding Nymn you must use your skills of evasion, traps and trickery to defeat predators.
TANGLEWOOD is a platforming game with puzzle elements, and can be described as a mix of the Mega Drive titles Another World and The Lion King.
- A real 16-bit cartridge release, playable on genuine SEGA consoles
- Mixes fast-paced 2D platforming action with puzzles, special abilities, tricks and traps
- A story woven into the gameplay
- Fluid animations
- Time of day cycle, influencing the types of enemies encountered
- Collectables, secret areas and bonus levels
- Programmed in raw assembly language on original SEGA development hardware
- Also coming to Windows, Mac and Linux
So what do we know about this great looking 16 bit game?
Matt Phillips – Designer and Programmer
Matt Phillips, Is a video games programmer from Manchester UK, with over 10 years experience in the gaming industry.
Matt has worked on 14 released AAA titles at studios such as Traveller’s Tales, Crytek UK and Deep Silver Dambusters, under roles from engine programming to audio to gameplay to special effects. Matt has a vast knowledge and experience programming for Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo DS and 3DS, SEGA Mega Drive, SEGA MegaCD, SEGA Saturn, SEGA Dreamcast, Windows, Mac and Linux.
Matt also has a few more people working with him covering certain areas of the game.
[mks_accordion_item title=”Nathan Stanley (aka freezedream) – Composer”]
In 2010 he released an album on a physical Mega Drive cartridge, which more than shows his dedication to keeping the 16-bit era alive. More importantly for Tanglewood, freezedream is able to bring out the Mega Drive’s more ambient side to suit the dark environment and gameplay, a tricky feat considering the machine is infamous for its loud, in-your-face, and very “SEGA” style of sound.freezedream will be giving Tanglewood’s audio an overhaul, and will be composing a complete soundtrack and a set of iconic sound effects to give the game its own identity.
You may already be familiar with one of freezedream’s prominent tracks. We used Rain to accompany the Tanglewood pitch video, and the piece will feature in the game.
freezedream is an underground experimental electronic music artist from Adelaide, Australia. With more than 16 years of experience, he uses tracker software to create emotive, organic digital music with deep bass, melodic arpeggios, complex beats and layers of ambience that conjure up vivid sonic dreamscapes. Starting out making chipmusic with LSDJ on a Gameboy, he now prefers to explore the rich timbres of the Sega Mega Drive FM synthesis chip. In 2010 freezedream became the first artist ever to release a chipmusic album for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis as an album on a cartridge that plays directly from the console.
Some more examples of his work:
[mks_accordion_item title=”Adoru C. (Pier Solar) – Character/Cutscene Artist”]
Adoru was a character designer, cutscene director and illustrator for the original Mega Drive release of Pier Solar, and more recently the HD re-release!
His style defined the final visual appearance of the characters and cutscenes for Pier Solar, and his work was reprised as a base for the recreation of the cutscenes and in-game portraits in the HD version. His most recognised and highest praised work was the creation of its iconic 3 minute opening animation. He then handled identical tasks for a still undisclosed game developed by the same company.
Adoru also worked as a character designer and cutscene director on the platforming games Battlekid and Battlekid2, on the Nintendo Entertainment System, by Sivak Games.
Examples of Adoru’s work:
- Pier Solar HD official trailer
- Pier Solar HD opening animation
- Pier Solar website art
- Pier Solar rare artwork
- Pier Solar region variants
- Pier Solar original Mega Drive cutscene
- Battlekid2 NES intro
- Battlekid character art
- HUMAN RECOLLECTIONS (2005 personal short)
- Lunar Silver Star Story complete PlayStation reprint disc art
[mks_accordion_item title=”Matthew Weekes (Freedom Planet) – Environment Artist”]
Matthew has an impressive portfolio. His most significant work is that on Freedom Planet, a highly received fast-action platforming game that’s been widely compared to the original Sonic games on the Mega Drive. It currently sports a 10/10 rating on Steam, which is quite a rare sight!
[mks_accordion_item title=”Simon Butler (Ocean Software, Atari, Team 17, Probe) – Character Artist”]
Sporting over 300 titles in his 33 years of videogames development, Simon is an industry dinosaur who can still roar when needed (his words, not mine)! Simon’s expertise spans every console generation since the Spectrum, and boasts his name on some top favourites such as Addams Family (SNES), Total Recall (Amiga), Platoon, Target Renegade (ZX Spectrum), and a bucket load more.
Simon will be breathing life into Tanglewood’s bad guys. The Djakk monster isn’t the only threat to our little Nymn – you’ll need to watch the skies, dirt, and even the trees themselves to save from getting munched, crushed, shredded or even skewered by Simon’s incoming army of wretched, sharp-toothed predators.
Tanglewood is set for release on Q2 of 2018. So if you haven’t got your Mega Drive out already this may be a god excuse to dust it off and get it prepped for Tanglewood.
For further news and updates regarding Tanglewood make sure to give them a follow on there social media platforms and visit their website.