It looks like Sega has offered up another one of its classic franchises to an indie developer. Today during the IGN Summer of Gaming event, developers Merge Games and Jankenteam announced Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX! Yeah, the familiar sideburns of Sega's Alex Kidd are back!
There's a new, modern visual style for the game, adding a bit of life and color to Alex's world. Fans of the original can also play a Retro mode, which reverts back to the style of Alex Kidd in Miracle World, released on the Sega Master System back in 1986. The trailer also promises new levels, a new boss rush mode, and alternative boss fights.
Sega has seemingly been open to allowing indie developers to play with its classic titles. The project looks to be similar to Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap released by Lizardcube and Dotemu in 2017. That title was a soft remake for Wonder Boy 3: The Dragon's Trap, another Sega Master System classic. 2017 also saw the release of Sonic Mania, a new classic-themed Sonic title developed by PagodaWest Games and Headcannon. And this year marked the launch of Streets of Rage 4, an all-new entry in the classic beat 'em up from Dotemu, Lizardcube, and Guard Crush Games.
Is Sega going to keep the floodgates open? "The heart of Sega is an indie company," so maybe that's why it's open to letting indies play with its properties. Where's the Shinobi, Altered Beast, Golden Axe, and Shining Force revivals, Sega? As a Sega Genesis owner from way back in the day, I'm waiting!
There's no word on platforms for Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX, but there is a live Steam page and tentative release date of first quarter 2021.