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Here’s What the New Karateka Looks Like

Mechner is going to back to the well, and here's what he's come up with.

Given how well the reboot of Prince of Persia turned out, Jordan Mechner has certainly earned the right to revisit his past works with fresh eyes, and we’ve been patiently waiting to see the new Karateka.

In a slightly underwhelming fashion, our first look at the new Karateka quietly comes courtesy of Xbox.com, where the game was recently given a database entry, and with it the first screen shots.

Based on the screens, it definitely seems like Karateka, and much more of a traditional take than the fundamental re-envisioning that occurred with Prince of Persia. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though.

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Posted by patrickklepek

Given how well the reboot of Prince of Persia turned out, Jordan Mechner has certainly earned the right to revisit his past works with fresh eyes, and we’ve been patiently waiting to see the new Karateka.

In a slightly underwhelming fashion, our first look at the new Karateka quietly comes courtesy of Xbox.com, where the game was recently given a database entry, and with it the first screen shots.

Based on the screens, it definitely seems like Karateka, and much more of a traditional take than the fundamental re-envisioning that occurred with Prince of Persia. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though.

Posted by august

Do you kick a bird?

Posted by mlarrabee

Have we reached a consensus regarding pronunciation?

Posted by MjHealy

This is actually gonna happen? Finally, Karae-Tika 2!

Posted by RE_Player1

@august: You better.

Posted by Tennmuerti

The fucking bird is visible in the last screenshot, ghaaaa!

Posted by soupbones

Reminds me of the early Virtua Fighter games. (that's a compliment).

Posted by Nickieroonie

Ka-rah-taykah

Posted by Delta_Ass

I'll wait for the Masters of Teras Kasi 2.

Posted by Vampir

It sure has a visual style.

Posted by bennyboy

Loved this game way back when. Getting a Mulan vibe from these screen shots.

Posted by GERALTITUDE

Hm. Looks mildly interesting. This game would be improved if it was actually Bushido Blade.

Posted by Kevin_Cogneto

Here's hoping a Last Express remake is next in line.

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Posted by TheSouthernDandy

Never played the original but this LOOKS super rad.

Edited by CaLe

This is the proper pronunciation.

You're welcome.

Posted by NYHorn36

Karah-Tay Jerry, Karah-Tay.

Posted by Bribo

Carrot tickler.

Posted by Tim_the_Corsair

So disappointed that it isn't being reimagined as a gritty modern wartime FPS where you just kick terrorist scum in the face Duke 3D style

Posted by JackSukeru

Not feeling the style but can't make any other judgement before seeing it in action.

In other, remake related, news the footage from the Abe's Oddysee remake looks fantastic.

Posted by Maajin

@Kevin_Cogneto said:

Here's hoping a Last Express remake is next in line.

God, yes! But actually I would rather have a sequel or spiritual sequel... Same structure, different place and different characters.

Posted by RYNO9881

There shall be no bismirching the good name of Prince of Persia 08.

Posted by retsub101

@CaLe: You mean Carrot-eeka?

Posted by MarkWahlberg

looks like a game

Posted by Dixego

@MarkWahlberg said:

looks like a game

Posted by betterboulder

@Dixego said:

@MarkWahlberg said:

looks like a game

Posted by Video_Game_King

Can I still walk off a cliff and kill myself?

Posted by Zaapp1

@RYNO9881: Can I besmirch the name of the Epilogue DLC?

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Posted by Labman

Don't you know about the bird?

Posted by Guyzea
KAREATEEKAH  
Posted by White

Oh you mean Ke-ra-tea-ka?

Posted by Dan_CiTi

Damn this better have 2D gameplay.

Posted by Coolarman

@betterboulder said:

@Dixego said:

@MarkWahlberg said:

looks like a game

Posted by DocHaus

"Karate? The Dane Cook of Martial Arts?"

Posted by ripelivejam

@Coolarman said:

@betterboulder said:

@Dixego said:

@MarkWahlberg said:

look a like a man

Posted by Warchief

No

Posted by beardfish

I wish ryan davis would get off his high horse and take a listen to the pronunciation. Instead, his version of the word sounds like an awful karate erotica novel.

Posted by BlueJester

Mechner is going to back to the well!!!

Posted by Undeadpool

@DocHaus said:

"Karate? The Dane Cook of Martial Arts?"

Spin Art: the True Martial Art

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Posted by AssInAss

@RYNO9881 said:

There shall be no bismirching the good name of Prince of Persia 08.

I wait for the vain hope of a sequel to that, I need to know if Ormazd was a false god or not!

Edited by CptBedlam

@RYNO9881 said:

There shall be no bismirching the good name of Prince of Persia 08.

What good name? That game bored me to death with its "rail" level-design.

"The Sands of Time" ... that was an excellent and worthy PoP game. Too bad the "edgy" and darker successors completely lacked the magical charm that game had.

Posted by selbie

That's a game-ass game right there.

Posted by Bigdonkey1

this still doesn't get us any closer to knowing how it's pronounced.

Posted by impartialgecko

@CptBedlam said:

@RYNO9881 said:

There shall be no bismirching the good name of Prince of Persia 08.

What good name? That game bored me to death with its "rail" level-design.

"The Sands of Time" ... that was an excellent and worthy PoP game. Too bad the "edgy" and darker successors completely lacked the magical charm that game had.

I'm a fan of PoP 08. I've no sense of what a PoP game really is and I don't much care. It was enjoyable comfort food gaming to me, and it still looks stellar even today. I know people knock it for being so easy but the traversal mechanics and the semi-open world gave it a great sense of exploration and that "magical charm" you mentioned.

Posted by blacklab

My daughter loves Mulan.

Posted by CptBedlam

@adam1808: I didn't get any sense of exploration from PoP 08. It rather felt like most of the game's levels were interconnected two-way-street rings.

Posted by Wandering_Idiot

I'll save everyone the trouble: THAT FUCKING BIRD!

Also, this looks terrible. Karateka was never meant to be cartoony, so the whole vibe is way off from the get-go. Maybe it'll actually do something interesting gameplay-wise, but I have my doubts.

Posted by Evercaptor

@CptBedlam said:

@RYNO9881 said:

There shall be no bismirching the good name of Prince of Persia 08.

What good name? That game bored me to death with its "rail" level-design.

"The Sands of Time" ... that was an excellent and worthy PoP game. Too bad the "edgy" and darker successors completely lacked the magical charm that game had.

I completed POP08 and Sands of Time bored me with it's linear progression (one might call it "railroaded" if they wanted to be harsh) and puzzle rooms. Different strokes, yo. Just because you feel different doesn't mean you're wrong.

Posted by DocHaus

Is this game going to end with you defeating all the evil karate masters, building up your own dojo full of students, and then being forced to burn it all down in the end so you can score with some hot chick?

Edited by CptBedlam

@Evercaptor: The levels of PoP08 were barely more than two-lane-rings, one lane for each direction.

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