Speedball 2 Remake Announced

Frogster Interactive announces their Speedball 2 remake is due this summer, following up on last year's acquisition of rights to the multiplatform classic from The Bitmap Brothers (story). The Speedball 2 Website is online, and here's the announcement:
Berlin, March 2, 2007: Speedball 2 spread like a wildfire in 1990. With its unique mix of future sports, uncompromising action, and riveting gameplay, the product became a legend in its own time: over two million gamers enjoyed it across all platforms.

Owing to the metallic graphic elements and a TV-style presentation, Speedball 2 created a grippingly futuristic setting. Heavily armoured and prepared for the worst, modern gladiators entered the arena to fight fierce battles to the death. Regularly, all hell would break loose when the steel ball was catapulted onto the field from the kick-off point. In the rush for the ball, brutal melees would ensue. Those who had captured the ball commanded their teams in a mad charge towards the opposing team’s goal, smashing through the defenders and suffering their head-on body checks. With uncompromising resilience, players drove their teams upwards in the league. With implemented team management, a two-player-mode and a ranking and championship system, Speedball 2 proved a milestone for the modern multiplayer scene. The press recognised the title’s groundbreaking achievement and showered the game with praise and awards.

Developer heroes
The true rock stars of the scene, the Bitmap Brothers, were responsible for the development of Speedball 2. Apart from this title, the British game manufacturer, founded in 1987, was behind such classics as Xenon Megablast, The Chaos Engine, Gods, Magic Pockets and Z.

Speedball 2 pulls all registers
In the third quarter of 2007, Frogster Interactive is set to publish Speedball 2 as the longed-for sequel to the Amiga classic. The new release on PC transforms the futuristic game setting with the help of state-of-the-art technology into a high-speed online sports spectacle. Offering international leagues, a large-scale ranking system and a virtual marketplace, Speedball 2 pulls all the registers of modern multiplayer gaming action. Fully customisable characters from cyborg to amazon, dynamic sports battles, and continuous community support will convince sports simulation enthusiasts, action fans, and e-sports cracks likewise.

Since December 2006, a newsletter on the game has been providing exclusive information to subscribers about news relating to game development progress. Registrees regularly receive news before they are officially released, unpublished material, and access to competitions. If you always want to be up to date with news on Speedball, register now on www.speedball2.com!
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Mar 4, 2007, 04:12
CJA
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CJA
 
I just hope it turns out better than the Playstation One remake which was called Speedball 2000. They changed the physics in that which in my opinion ruined the gameplay.

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Re: Speedball 2
Mar 3, 2007, 00:27
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Re: Speedball 2 Mar 3, 2007, 00:27
Mar 3, 2007, 00:27
 
All remakes suck until after Magic Carpet 3 is released!

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Re: Speedball 2
Mar 2, 2007, 20:44
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Re: Speedball 2 Mar 2, 2007, 20:44
Mar 2, 2007, 20:44
 
What ever happened to that 3d battle bowl (?) game from about 3-4 years ago?

Do you mean Speedball Arena - the kinda Speedball 3 that the Bitmaps themselves were making...? That one got canned.


Also I don't get why there's an announcement about this game now, that site has looked the same for months (apart from the word "early" changing to "summer").

I think it's fairly obvious how to get this remake right, so that almost guarantees it'll be a complete disappointment.


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Re: Speedball 2
Mar 2, 2007, 20:14
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Re: Speedball 2 Mar 2, 2007, 20:14
Mar 2, 2007, 20:14
 
What ever happened to that 3d battle bowl (?) game from about 3-4 years ago? I don't remeber the name of it, and don't remember it ever coming out.

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Frag
Mar 2, 2007, 19:53
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Frag Mar 2, 2007, 19:53
Mar 2, 2007, 19:53
 
Speedball was the fucking BOMB!

Creston

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Re: Cool game.
Mar 2, 2007, 18:52
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Re: Cool game. Mar 2, 2007, 18:52
Mar 2, 2007, 18:52
 
What happened to the previous remake that was announced?

Well, if anything remotly close to Speedball 2 on the Amiga sees the light of day I'll be happy!

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Cool game.
Mar 2, 2007, 18:30
Ant
 
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Cool game. Mar 2, 2007, 18:30
Mar 2, 2007, 18:30
 Ant
 
... Just add multiplayer and don't change anything else!
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Re: -Midway-Gauntlet-
Mar 2, 2007, 18:13
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Re: -Midway-Gauntlet- Mar 2, 2007, 18:13
Mar 2, 2007, 18:13
 
Well, there goes another great childhood memory down the shitter.

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Re: -Midway-Gauntlet-
Mar 2, 2007, 17:47
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Re: -Midway-Gauntlet- Mar 2, 2007, 17:47
Mar 2, 2007, 17:47
 
Thought 1: COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL
Thought 2: It's frogster - not cool
Thought 3: Don't be cynical

Clicks link and sees speedball2.com

Thought 4: No, that's not right. That's not brutal deluxe - that's over styleized homoerotic 2.

If it's a true successor give us speedball 3. If you wanna make a slightly camp over produced speedball 2 without the rawness then why license the name.

Fucktards

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-Midway-Gauntlet-
Mar 2, 2007, 17:15
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-Midway-Gauntlet- Mar 2, 2007, 17:15
Mar 2, 2007, 17:15
 
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Game remakes
Mar 2, 2007, 16:33
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Game remakes Mar 2, 2007, 16:33
Mar 2, 2007, 16:33
 
are as good as remakes of Levis jeans. Ie., usually rubbish

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Ice cream
Mar 2, 2007, 16:28
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Ice cream Mar 2, 2007, 16:28
Mar 2, 2007, 16:28
 
Ice Cream.. Ice Cream.. Ice Cream..

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Speedball 2
Mar 2, 2007, 15:57
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Speedball 2 Mar 2, 2007, 15:57
Mar 2, 2007, 15:57
 
SB2 should ONLY be made by the Bitmap brothers. I fear this will be bad.
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