It’s probably safe to assume that any memories of Turok 2: Seeds of Evil being touted for a remaster have since been forgotten since it was announced two years ago. Until now, little information has trickled down from the mouths of Nightdive Studios. However, all this is set to change after the game was given a release date of March 16.
The game looks set to stir up memories of a bygone era but with what looks to be an updated, visually enhanced experience with some extra clout. Nightdive Studios are no strangers to updating the old however, with Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, courtesy of Iguana Entertainment, already being released via digital download and various other IP’s obtained and restored since 2012.
The game will feature all the staple aspects of the original and also include an updated reworking of the multiplayer modes including a newly crafted ‘Last Turok Standing’ scenario. This all seems great and considering the game will be turning 20 years old next year, it’s entirely appropriate.
The visual aspects of Turok 2 seem to have been kept true to form as possible, outlining the games considerable heritage and memorable moments. The now standard Turok laser headed dinosaurs, square and rectangular level design and the future prehistoric weaponry are all on show here.
There’s no doubt the game is aimed at recapturing the some of the success of the 1999 original. The game was originally designed for the PC and Nintendo 64. The Nintendo 64 port was met with critical success, whilst the PC version suffered with technical issues and a lack of transparency with control schemes, graphical effects and general gameplay faults – this all considering the game needed a 3D accelerator. The Nintendo 64 version required a boost from the Expansion Pak. It wasn’t a cheap game to acquire.
But there’s good news. None of this will be needed now.
With the overhaul looking like it’s development is playing to the tune of a finer, tighter and more fluid control aspect of gameplay to incorporate and capture more varied audience, fans of the series will be glad to know that even though the updated visuals look to be handled with care, it actually looks reminisce of an FPS such as Red Faction, for example – but obviously with dinosaurs.
The game will also boast over 20 new weapons to play with and of course, the game will have The Cerebral Bore included.
Stephen Kick, the CEO and Founder of Nightdive Studios, explains more about the game, “Turok 2: Seeds of Evil does more than just continue the series. From the moment that a player first begins their quest in the Port of Adia, they will face a whole new series of challenges and puzzles to solve. Players will also get to use a whole new series of weapons to overcome these challenges. And best of all, players will get to use these weapons against their friends in multiplayer mode!”
A confirmed multiplayer mode will of course hark back to those immense and somewhat challenging LAN parties and the famous Nintendo 64 ‘bring a controller’ party.
Nightdive Studios have in the past gone on record to say that working on the rights to remastering these games can be tricky and sometimes contractual obligations stand in the way of news and updates on the projects they work on, but without doubt it seems any obstacles they have encountered have been pushed aside with the confirmation of Turok 2 being finally released.
You won’t need an Expansion Pak or the batteries for a Rumble Pak.
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil will release on March 16 on GOG, The Humble Store and Steam (PC).