Friday, April 27, 2018

Portal To Xenithor

Portal To Xenithor is a brand new flick-screen platformer for the Atari ST currently under development by Michael Keenleyside. The adventure begins with us having survived a crash landing on a monster-infested moon colony. Our job is to kill the nasties and search for a replacement spaceship before piloting it through to a victorious escape.

It's early days, but the base storyline and map design ideas are nicely taking shape with end-of-level cutscenes also planned to be used as the storyline unfolds. The visual style is dark and moody but soon to be enhanced by eerie music. Michael is about six months into his project and is making great progress with the possibility of using another engine for other parts of the game using the hardware scrolling and DMA Audio thanks to the Atari STe hardware.

Michael is nuts about Mandarin's STOS Game Creator and wishes to pay homage to Francois Lionet so all development will be done using this product - along with Missing Link and Maestro. The estimated requirements are a 4MB Atari ST with support for hard disk installation. I'm personally reminded of Stryx or Baal and cannot wait for what comes next. It is brilliant to see another new game in development so watch this space!

Update: Michael has created a new STOS Coders group with Francois Lionet. Sign up!!

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