Chaos Reborn is Julian Gollop’s New (Old) Game

Julian Gollop has a new game in the works.

That name alone is enough to pique many a gamer’s interest. If it kinda-sorta rings a bell, but you can’t place it, he’s the guy who created the original X-COM. You know, one of the greatest tactical strategy games ever devised.

Gollop is taking the crowdfunding path for his next project, Chaos Reborn, an update of his 1985  ZX Spectrum game Chaos: The Battle of Wizards. It’s a turn-based arena battle multiplayer with deep RPG elements and one goal: be the last wizard standing.

“In my 30 years of game development, after many critically acclaimed projects, I think the original Chaos stands out as a game with unrealized potential,” Gollop states on Chaos Reborn’s Prefundia page. “I have spent the last year working on Chaos Reborn, writing the game design, creating a playable prototype and building my team.”

Here’s a summary of the feature set Chaos Reborn will come packing:

64 unique spells, including 24 creatures – from dragons to goblins – fully animated in the 3D Unity Engine.
Classic spells from the original Chaos – including the Gooey Blob and Magic Wood.
Summon creatures as illusions for 100% success, and use Disbelieve spell on suspected enemy illusions.
Manipulate the balance of the universe between Law and Chaos to your advantage.
Procedurally generated 3D battle arenas with various types of terrain, and different levels of elevation.
Configure your spells and equipment for your wizard character before entering battle.
Collect gold on your quests to spend on equipment, rare artefacts and spell books.
Hundreds of different types of equipment to collect in your adventures – including staffs, body gear, headgear, magical artefacts and spell books.
Procedurally generated Realms of Chaos for your adventures, guaranteeing a unique experience on every quest.
Multiplayer online matches – asynchronous or live – with online rankings, tournaments and prizes.
Extensive co-op options, for multiplayer matches and also while adventuring in the Realms of Chaos – invite a friend to help you with a difficult battle and share the rewards.
Guild system with guild rankings and guild tournaments.
Trade items and equipments with your friends or guild members.
Level up your wizard and gain status, aiming to ascend the ranks becoming a Wizard Lord, a Wizard King, a Demi-god, and maybe even a God of Chaos, bestowing favours and blessings on your followers.
Classic Chaos mode – fully random battle set-up with random selection of spells.

Gollop says a playable multiplayer prototype is up and running, and he hopes to have Chaos Reborn complete for PC “within a year.” No word yet on the dollar sum he wants to raise or when the official Kickstarter campaign will begin, but we’ll absolutely keep you posted.

[Nice spot, Eurogamer.]

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