Flashback was a cinematic platformer that came out in 1992 as a mix of Prince of Persia and Another World. It’s a cult classic: it looked pretty impressive in the ’90s, and it still does with smooth rotoscopic animation and colorful sci-fi backdrops. It was reissued by Microids back in 2018, and now the same studio has confirmed a sequel.
Not only that, the original game’s director Paul Cuisset is on board the project, albeit apparently only as a supervisor. There will be the same scientist protagonist, but there is currently no further information about the project other than that it exists.
If you feel like you’ve heard of Flashback since 1992, you’re right: Ubisoft released a poorly-received remake for Xbox Live Arcade in 2013, which was also hosted by Cuisset. Not only that, Flashback already has a sequel: Cuisset and Co released Fade to Black in 1995. It was received quite well, but its early 3D fixed perspective format is likely to be more difficult to sell in 2021.
In a statement provided, Cuisset said, “Developing a sequel to Flashback is an idea I’ve had for a very long time. I can’t wait for players to discover the new adventures of Conrad B. Hart, a character who was created almost 30 years ago. With Microids we really want to please the fans of the original title and at the same time appeal to all players who have a weak point for futuristic games. “
To refresh your memory, here’s what the original flashback looked like on the Amiga, and what Tom Senior thought after revisiting the game last year.