Trailer from Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap

Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap (known as Monster World II, Dragon’s Curse and some other variations) is often remembered as one of the best games consoles 8 bits, originally developed by Westone and published between 1989 and 1992 for the Sega Master System, PC Engine / TurboGrafx and portable Game Gear.

While other games with the name Wonder Boy (a series launched by Sega) had a simpler platformer development, both this release as the previous one (the first to be called in Japan “Monster World”) added touches like a system equipment purchasable in stores and a non-linear development in the Dragon’s Trap culminated in an open world in which our progress depended upon the defeat of several dragons that changed the shape of our protagonist by others with different skills.
Trailer from Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap
The original “Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap”

Returning to the present, not long ago we learned about Monster Boy and The Cursed Kingdom, a striking spiritual successor to the title of Westone go ahead with plans to launch this year and that just just seen published new samples of their progress . But now we know that this will not be the only game that takes us back to Monster Land, as it has been announced a remake of himself The Dragon’s Trap faithfully follow the development of the original while updating your presentation even 2D style more contemporary.

Wonder boy: The Dragon’s Trap is the name chosen by the development team Lizardcube and DotEmu distributor for this new effort also has the support of the creator of Ryuichi Nishizawa and LAT Corporation series, the company that acquired the rights to the games after the closure of Westone. In this case it seems that we talk about a precise reconstruction of the original game for Master System created from its disassembled on a whole new and added as animation sequences presentation applies.

Responsible for the technical aspects of the project is none other than Omar Cornut (Bock), an expert on the Master System that created the memorable emulator and debugger Meka, the portal SMS Power and the development library ImGui , besides participating in the Media Molecule recent projects like Dreams, Tearaway and others. This project faces the challenge of respecting precisely the development of the original game despite doubling the speed of the animation to 60 frames per second and allowing the replacement of all the artistic elements.

Graphic aspect Ben Fiquet a responsible designer who worked with Omar in the title of Nintendo DS “Soul Bubbles” and based the bulk of his experience in the comic and animation, leaving the symphony recreation of the original soundtrack Shinichi Sakamoto Michael Geyre composers and Romain Gauthier.

Do not yet have an approximate release date for the remake, which will hit consoles and computers without specifying through collaboration with DotEmu, experts in recovering games and classic franchises in modern platforms. The title chosen for the game has surprised many, because while duties on deliveries of the series are owned by LAT, the brand itself was still considered registered by Sega, not mentioned by developers and because of the change of name Boy Monster project. However, it seems that in fact the Korean company Cyberfront could now control the brand in the international market, opening the door to unlock the situation of this saga and perhaps an agreement with the developers of these projects.

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