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The Chaos Engine Coming Soon to PC, Mac and Linux

The 1993 Classic from The Bitmap Brothers Restored to its Full Glory

LONDON, 16 th August 2013ndash; Mastertronic and Abstraction Games are proud to announce that The Chaos Engine, the classic Amiga game originally developed by legendary outfit The Bitmap Brothers will be coming to PC, Linux and Mac on 29 th August. The earlylsquo;90s top-down shooter has been lovingly restored by Abstraction Games, the team who recently brought Hotline Miami to the PS3 and Vita, in close consultation with Mike Montgomery, one of the founding members of The Bitmap Brothers. Abstraction Games have been entrusted with rebuilding The Bitmap Brothers game from the ground up in its original form, as well as throwing in an alternative mode with a few extra enhancements.

The original version of The Chaos Engine was one of the first games to introduce a skill system in action-adventure games, helping players improve their characters and equip individualized weapons.

Prepare for the dark world of The Chaos Engine, a Victorian age of discovery and technology corrupted by a failed experiment with an early computer - the Chaos Engine.

Choose from six hard-nailed mercenaries, each with their own unique weapons and skills to combat the bizarre monstrosities created by the machine. Those who have the strength and the courage to overturn the Chaos Engine will be remembered.

Battle through four unique worlds in single-player or online and local co-op modes. Play inlsquo;Enhanced modersquo; orlsquo;Classic modersquo; with its original graphics and controls for the true Amiga experience. Steam Achievements will test the mettle of both new players and old fans. This restoration of the classic Amiga shooter includes all the intense gameplay of the original with enhanced graphics, controls and Steam features.

ldquo;This really feels like the right time to bring back The Chaos Enginerdquo; says Mike Montgomery, one of the founding members of The Bitmap Brothers.ldquo;There are many fond memories of The Chaos Engine and I wanted to make sure that the game was true to the original without losing its charm during the restoration process. The option to play in the originallsquo;Classicrsquo; mode with the added option to play inlsquo;Enhanced modersquo; with its refined pixel-perfect finish is a clever way to satisfy all enthusiasts! It feels a completely natural transition to the PC.rdquo;

ldquo;We grew up with the Amiga and those classic Bitmap games were the inspiration for a lot of us who went on to work in games and development. For many of us, The Chaos Engine was our first taste of co-op and was a platform that incited our love of top down shooters,rdquo; says Ralph Egas, CEO of Abstraction Games.ldquo; The Chaos Engine holds such fond memories for so many people and it stands the test of time and we were determined to restore the game to its full and amazing pixel-perfect glory, with a couple of cool enhancements!rdquo;

Stuart Morton, Executive Producer at Mastertronic sayslsquo;lsquo;The Chaos Engine holds very fond memories for so many people and so many great games have been ruined by bad remakes. We didnrsquo;t want to remake it. It is a great game and we found very quickly when we went back and played the original that the gameplay still holds up very well.nbsp;A lot of fondly-remembered games are pretty disappointing when you go back and look at them now, but The Chaos Engine still plays beautifully today .rsquo;

The Chaos Engine will be released on Steam, Get Games and GOG on 29 th August for PC, Mac and Linux.

For more information go to www.chaosenginegame.com and check out The Chaos Engine g ame on Facebook and Twitter.

The Chaos Engine will be available for pre-order on Steam from 6pm BST today (Friday 16 th August)

***Hands On trailer: http://youtu.be/DhsxFmD-PTM

***Download trailer: http://we.tl/RZRYX3sIaH

***Screenshots: http://bit.ly/14PqH0c


Abstraction Games

Abstraction Games B.V. was founded in 2007 and incorporated in 2011 by seasoned game developers with a clear mission: serve game businesses and consumers with a clearly pronounced quality-over-quantity approach and to amaze everyone with an astonishing agility and flexibility.

Most noteable work so far includes the conversion of well-known best-sellers likeldquo;Angry Birdsrdquo;,ldquo;Cut the Roperdquo;,ldquo;RocketBirds: Hardboiled Chickenrdquo; andldquo;Hotline Miamirdquo; to consoles and handhelds.

Our core team consists of experienced developers covering PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita, Wii and 3DS.nbsp; "We treat your IP as if it were our ownhellip;"

Visit http://www.abstractiongames.com for more information.

Mastertronic Group Limited

Mastertronic Group is a multi-platform, world-class developer, publisher, manufacturer, distributor and online retailer of digital interactive entertainment. Using the extensive experience in our quality-focused teams, we deliver digital entertainment to consumers and significant added-value income to our development, retail and publishing partners. The Group has a number of publishing labels, each focused on specific audience demographics. Established PC titles are republished through ournbsp; Sold Out range, specialist PC simulations are published under thenbsp; Just Flight and Just Trainsnbsp; labels and console formats (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, 3DS, iOS and Android) vianbsp; Mastertronic. The Mastertronic Group also publishes Indie games on the Great Indie Games label.nbsp; Just Flight, and its sister companynbsp; Just Trains, are the leading worldwide simulation specialists.nbsp; Just Flight was established in 1995, and within three years became the world's largest publisher of flight simulation software with the exception of Microsoft, with a reputation for high quality products, published by genuine enthusiasts. Vianbsp; The Producers, the Group offers a 'cradle to grave' turnkey service for physical product, from marketing, packaging and warehousing and an experienced sales service right through to retail, while its specialist PC download site,nbsp; GetGamesnbsp; is a key player in the digital distribution market. The Mastertronic Group has just celebrated its 25th anniversary.


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