Outcast is making a comeback 
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Darryn Bonthuys
July 3, 2013 at 2:30 pm

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These days when you think open world game, your mind will probably flash towards Grand Theft Auto. But before GTA took a sandbox and got all third-person with it, there were a couple of other games in the late 90s that did it first. One such game, was the graphics card breaker behemoth known as Outcast. And it’s coming back.

With Atari in a financial situation that can only be described as a Zimbabwean level of broke, they’ve been forced to sell off various properties and licenses in recent weeks. One of the properties that they sold was indeed Outcast, and it’s been bought by the original studio that developed it; Appeal S.A.

The Belgian studio has plans for the game according to Inc Gamers, and they intend to revive it as a franchise. There’s no word yet as to whether or not this’ll be in the form of an upgraded remake, sequel or HD upgrade. Still, it’s exciting news for me.

The original Outcast game was miles ahead of anything on the market, even if it did use voxel technology instead of polygons, which would have meant that your Voodoo 3000 graphics card accelerator could not take full advantage of the game visuals.

Still, I simply adored the game when it came out and it has aged well in recent years. The time is right for a remake, and you won’t hear any complaints from me on this topic. Especially if Appeal S.A can bring some new ideas back to the franchise.

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  • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

    VOODOOOOOOOOOO

    Haha, Man, back in the day if you had that you were a legend!

    • Wtf101

      16 Meg Riva TNT 2…

      • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

        Kinky, I laf it wen yoo tolk nostalgee-a tooo mee

        • Wtf101

          Got my Riva with two awesome games, now you mention Nostalgia: Forsaken and Incoming….
          Also the first games to force me to upgrade RAM: From 16 Meg to 32 Meg…

      • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

        Haha, I actually rolled with one of those back then! I did not have the voodoo moolah

      • HvR

        I went for the 16 Meg Banshee instead, so sad 3DFx didn’t make it.

        • Johan du Preez

          I had a banshee but it overheated with everything got my Voodo 2 12MB and never looked back :)

    • Lord Chaos

      I still have one lying in my spare parts box at home.

      Looks just silly comparing it to a hd7970.

      • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

        Haha, I can only imagine that conversation between the two.

        But thinking of comparing it to the new tech is like comparing our current method of getting to the moon to warp 9

        • Kromas

          “Back in our day we had to render everything in the snow … WITHOUT SHOES!”

        • Lord Chaos

          Was thinking more size wise.

          One day I will rebuild an old architecture PC in a space age cage, then put scorched earth into the floppy drive.

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            Scorched Earth: The Mother of all Games

    • Trevor Davies

      I had a Voodoo RUSH. Yeah baby!

  • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

    Also, “Zimbabwe broke” XDXD

    • LordCaptainAwesomeness

      That made me lol…. Best comment so far this week

      • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

        Janee, Darryn has had me lulz a few times today.

        • LordCaptainAwesomeness

          I am glad to see Darryn back in form :-)

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            Prolly “got it all” this morning :P

          • Major Commodore 64 Darryn B

            THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID! Or so I heard.

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            [lies detected]

    • Lord Chaos

      Would that be better or worse than Greece broke?

      • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

        Well I think Greece is better off, they have surplus gold chains to sell as backup. Zimbabwe just has useless currency that had to be devalued again and again.

  • Lupus

    Yeah it required a powerful CPU to run, as voxels weren’t rendered on the GFX. It did look so pretty though.

  • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    What a huge freaking game, would love a remake. I clearly remember Cutter running like he just sharted

    • Rebecca George

      Honestly, I myself is tempted to actually record the walking and say; Skipping, skipping, skipping.

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        Lol would totally work! It is probably the most awkward running animation I have ever seen. Good times…

  • Kromas

    Ah damn …. gotta love the 90’s.

  • ElimiNathan

    I thought you meant Outkast….

    • Argentil

      Me too.

      • ElimiNathan

        haha

    • Rebecca George

      Oh please, I own this game and still play it.

      • ElimiNathan

        Oh please what ? You dont know a joke when you see it ?

        • Rebecca George

          Wasn’t sure if you were joking or you are a noob.

  • Warren Ross

    Outcast is one of my old favourites, still have the original in the cupboard at home. “You are correct, Ulukai.” :D

    Funny enough, there was a short period where pure “voxel” (“volume pixel”) graphics engines were all the rage, a la Comanche.

    • Johan du Preez

      Comanche stole a big chunk of my childhood what a awesome game it was, I wish they would make proper flight sims again.