NES gaming fans rejoice! A sequel to the Nintendo classic, River City Ransom is currently in the works via Candian-based indie developer, Combit Studios.
Combit Studios will work closely Million, creator of River City Ransom EX for GBA and licensor of the sequel. By working closely with Million, the as yet untitled sequel will hopefully keep with the same spirit of the original.
Though licensed by Million, Combit will fund the development of the game themselves. It is expected that crowdfunding will be utilized and a campaign is expected to launch some time in Summer this year.
In an interview with Polygon, Daniel Crenna, founder of Combit Studios revealed that the new game will take place 20 years after River City Ransom. Alex and Ryan, the protagonists from the original title will be joined Glenn, described as an “homage to ‘80s fighting games.”
The new title will retain some of the roleplaying and sandbox elements from the original as well as the original 8-bit style. Crenna stated that:
"We will be only creating 8-bit art that will match the colors that were available on the NES. You're going to get a retro style and it will look very much like the original. It will be modernized it in a way, because we're going have a lot more technological capability."
While still very much in the early stages, Combit has targeted August 2014 for the release of the River City Ransom. Currently only a Windows version has been announced with “additional platforms under consideration.”