- The state of video game preservation is far from ideal, but some publishers are fighting those odds.
- ININ Games has revived canceled projects like Ultracore and released old classics to modern hardware.
- We interviewed the people at ININ Games to understand their process and how they preserve titles.
Many of today’s video games come from established IPs created for arcade gaming in the 1970s-80s, and despite gaining much popularity now, the earliest iterations are now at an all-time high risk of completely vanishing. That is mostly due to the unfortunate state of video game preservation in the industry. Despite the odds, some publishers have taken it as an obligation to preserve some of those titles to the best of their abilities.
ININ Games is one of those rare few that has not only brought those old titles to the latest hardware but also scavenged canceled projects like Ultracore. It breathes longevity into the titles that are at risk of going extinct. As such, we spoke with the minds at ININ Games over an email interview and asked them various questions about the difficulties of video game preservation and how they approach recreating old titles.
Read ahead for the full interview.
ININ Games is one of the few publishers focusing on returning classic retro and arcade games to the latest hardware. Its most recent Xbox ININvasion contained a collection of 6 classic titles which was released on December 7, 2023. The studio also hinted that this is just the beginning, and we can expect more exciting gems throughout 2024.
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