Digital Eclipse has announced The Making of Karateka, the first in their new Gold Master Series of documentaries and re-releases that celebrates iconic games.
The first game is focused on the classic 1980s martial arts-action game by Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner. The Making of Karateka is launching later in 2023 for PC (via Steam and GOG), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Switch, PS4, and PS5.
Here’s a rundown on the game and documentary, plus a video:
Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner was a college student when he created one of the biggest-selling games of 1984: Karateka. Now, in a new interactive documentary, Digital Eclipse tells the story of how a teenager with an Apple II created one of the most groundbreaking, influential games of all time.
Discover how Karateka was made through an exhaustive archive of design documents, playable prototypes, and all-new video features. Like walking through a museum, you can explore the interactive timelines at your own pace. The timelines reveal how Karateka became one of the first games to include cinematic scenes, a moving original soundtrack, rotoscoped animation, and a Hollywood-style love story, influencing the decades of games that followed.
At any time, play pixel-perfect versions of the original Karateka games and a variety of never-before-seen early prototypes, with rich quality-of-life features like save anywhere, rewind, chapter select, and director’s commentary. Then, enjoy two new games exclusive to the Making of Karateka. Karateka Remastered is an all-new version of the original game featuring cutting-room-floor content, commentary, achievements, and more. Deathbounce: Rebounded is a fast and frantic twin-stick shooter based on Jordan’s unpublished prototype.
The Making of Karateka is the first entry in Digital Eclipse’s Gold Master Series, which presents iconic games in an innovative “interactive documentary” format, putting the shared history of games and their creators into one comprehensive package.