The classic PC games MDK and Giants: Citizen Kabuto may not seem to have much in common at first glance, but both of these uniquely inventive creations come from the mind of one Nick Bruty.
Even if you're not familiar with the name "Nick Bruty," it's likely he had some part in at least one of your favorite games. In his time with developers Shiny Entertainment and Virgin Games, Bruty played a part in the production of beloved 16-bit platformers Cool Spot, Aladdin, The Jungle Book, and the first two Earthworm Jims. Since his company Planet Moon Studios folded in 2011, he's mostly been working on mobile games for his newest studio, Rogue Rocket Games—but last Friday saw the possibility of Bruty's return to development on a much larger scale.
Enter First Wonder, which Bruty himself bills a spritual successor to both MDK and Giants: Citizen Kabuto. While the Twitchcon show floor had little more to show than a proof-of-concept, Bruty stressed his excitement over how much his team was able to accomplish in just three months thanks to the use of Unreal Engine 4 and Unity3D—remember, he comes from a development background where developing a new game usually meant starting from scratch.
While it's unclear at this point if First Wonder's campaign will meet its final goal, Bruty's tale is a familiar one: The veteran developer, looking to return to the type of games he loves best, and turning directly to the audience for support. And though First Wonder's $500,000 goal seems pretty modest in terms of its predecessors' cult following, it still seems like a very small amount of money for something so ambitious—even accounting for the handful of developers currently working at Rogue Rocket Games.
What's most astounding is the fact that we're seeing yet another potential Kickstarter miracle before the curtain closes on 2015—even if First Wonder doesn't quite have the stature of something like Shenmue 3 or Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. And if your memories of MDK and Giants: Citizen Kabuto are foggy at best, both games are currently available on Good Old Games, and presumably playable on modern machines. Give them a spin if want to know what's in store for Bruty's newest project.