WaterMelon is a name likely to be well-known among retro gamers that want that elusive thing; a retro game that's brand new. If that sounds peculiar, it perhaps shouldn't, as this is a company that seeks out and hires specialists in the field. Wii U owners will see the studio in action, eventually, with the crowdfunded HD remake of its Mega Drive / Genesis title Pier Solar.
It's not all HD remakes for shiny new systems though, as the company is working on Project Y and Project N: the former is a cyber-punk beat-em-up for SEGA's 16-bit machine, while the latter is a SNES top-down action adventure game with plenty of mythology thrown in. The company is clearly kicking those projects up a notch, as it's contacted us to say that it's seeking "several highly experienced pixel artists" to work on these projects. It's not often that job vacancies give opportunities to work on genuine 16-bit games, yet that's exactly the case here.
If you're interested you can check out further details in this PDF. That takes the studio up to three projects, though for two of them you'll need to dig out your 16-bit hardware; if you want to know more about WaterMelon and its upcoming Pier Solar HD, you can check out our interview from earlier in the year.
Meh. 5 years of experience. I guess I better start doing random sprites.
That's really awesome! Speaking about SEGA, I've been thinking. With all the hype online for Dreamcast games, don't you think that they should do a limited re-release of the Dreamcast with upgraded specs, and if it sells, they could consider investing in a new console?
I often wonder if life is better in that parallel universe where there was no 32bit 3D revolution and 16bit 2D gaming still rules this industry in 2013...
Did you mean 8-bit? Because if not, what did I miss?!
@KingBoo01 I was the one that missed the "1" in "16bit"... xP
My mind is blown with the thought of an alternate universe where 2-D is still the reigning king!
@Nintex Yes , and I want to move there .
I want both !!
Ugh, I cannot wait for my preorder for Pier Solar on the Dreamcast to come in!
"Project Y and Project N: the former is a cyber-punk beat-em-up for SEGA's 16-bit machine, while the latter is a SNES top-down action adventure game with plenty of mythology thrown in."
bring it on
Ahhaha I just thought: "The SNES still gets more support than the Wii U"
Just hurry up and give me Pier Solar on eShop... Also upload these mofo's while you're at it
Wow, I did not know that Pier Solar was coming to the Wii U. That makes me super ultra excited. I remember reading about that game several months ago, and kind of wishing I had a Genesis so I could play it.
The more I played games, the more I feel that 2D games are often more intuitive in control than 3D games... The Cave and Trine 2 are very good examples of fun Wii U games. I hope that this new game, Pier Solar, will not be disappointing DLC.
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