During Inti Creates’ 20th Anniversary Fan Festa held in Ichikawa, Japan, the studio announced that they had acquired the license to the original Blaster Master game (originally released for the NES in 1988 by Sunsoft) and will be working on a new title in the series named Blaster Master Zero.
The company says they will be using the original game as a base and optimize the game for modern players while still retaining the original’s 8-bit experience. New areas, bosses, and gameplay elements will be added to this new title in the series.
Here’s a bit of information about the story of Blaster Master Zero from Inti Creates:
“In the near future on planet Earth…
Many kinds of creatures once coexisted on this verdant planet, but after countless wars and untold environmental destruction, the planet was plunged into an ice age, and humanity was left with no choice but to migrate en masse underground.
When the ice age finally came to an end, humanity begin developing methods while they were living underground to one day restore their planet to the lush green landscape it once was. During this time, a large mysterious comet fell to the earth, but the progress of restoring their lost ecosystem was coming along well, and humanity was eventually able to live on the surface once again.
Several hundred years have passed since then.
Enter a young man named Jason Frudnick, a genius in the field of robotic engineering. One day, he came upon a creature he had never seen before. No records of this creature existed, so with his interest in this mysterious creature piqued, Jason named it “Fred” and began to observe it closely. But, after some time had passed it found a way to escape.
Jason gave chase, and before he knew it he had stumbled into the subterranean world where humanity once resided. A large vehicle awaited him there.
Almost as if this vehicle with the name “SOPHIA 3rd” on the side was inviting him in, the door the cockpit opened up. In order to bring Fred back, Jason hopped into SOPHIA 3rd and set out on his adventure.”
Blaster Master Zero will release for the Nintendo 3DS in Spring 2017.