Although the French veteran came up with a remake of the first episode a few years ago, we had to wait quite a while for the sequel.
Microids is behind the project (which isn’t that surprising since many IPs from the Francophone world are associated with them these days). Cuisset has been waiting a long time for this one: in 1989, at Delphine Software International (DSI), he had his first original game with story and programming work in Future Wars, followed by Flashback three years later. This movie-like platformer was also created by DSI and designed by Cuisset. He later went on to work on several games of varying quality (Shaq Fu, Time Commando, Moto Racer series, Darkstone, Mister Slime, Amy, Subject 13…), but now, he’s returning to Flashback.
Cuisset’s studio, VectorCell, put together the remake of the first episode for X360, then PS3 and PC in 2013, under Ubisoft’s publishing. However, now another French company is looking after the IP. Here’s Microids’ overview: “After defeating the Master Brain in the previous episode, Conrad and his allies are once again facing the Morphs species, threatening all civilizations. Adding insult to injury, Conrad’s best friend Ian is being kidnapped in front of him… Another dirty trick from the Morphs? It will be up to you to find out who did it and their motivations…
Developed in close collaboration between Paul Cuisset’s team and Microids Studio Lyon, Flashback 2 will welcome players to discover a new story blending action, puzzles and infiltration. This adventure will take you to familiar places like Neo Washington or the Jungle and new locations like Neo Tokyo or a mysterious space station. To work on this sequel and pay tribute to the original game, Paul Cuisset managed to bring back some team members like game designer Thierry Perreau and the composer of the famous Amiga soundtrack, Raphael Gesqua.
Flashback was praised for its innovative animation in the early 90s. The team wanted to keep that tradition for this new episode. To achieve their goal, the world-renown stuntman Jamel Blissat (Marvel’s Moon Knight Oscar Isaac body double) was hired to do Conrad B. Hart’s motion capture.” Flashback 2 is coming sometime this winter to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. The Switch port is confirmed for a 2023 launch.