Veteran publisher Interplay has announced plans to remaster the amusing 16-bit title ClayFighter - and its sequels - for a new audience.
The original ClayFighter was released on the SNES in 1993 - arguably the height of Street Fighter II's popularity - and gave the one-on-one brawler a humorous slant. It was later ported to the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis in 1994.
A sequel - ClayFighter 2: Judgment Clay - would arrive on the SNES in 1995, while ClayFighter 63⅓ launched on the N64 two years later. Another edition - called the ClayFighter: Sculptor's Cut - was a rental-only release in North America, and is one of the rarest N64 titles. The hook of the series - aside from the jokes - was the fact that the visuals were digitised claymation models.
Interplay has confirmed that all previous titles will be remastered, and that it is working with the entirely unknown Drip Drop Games on the development process. New mechanics are going to be introduced - such as double-jumping, counters and unique super moves - all elements which have become largely commonplace in the genre since ClayFighter's heyday.
The first remaster is expected in 2016 on the PC, and will also boast HD visuals and improved sound. There's an outside chance that the games could also find their way to consoles - it would make sense, seeing as the originals were console-only - but time will tell.
Would you be interested seeing ClayFighter getting a second lease of life? Sound off in the comments and be sure to remind yourself of what this game looked like all the way back in 1993 by watching the video below.