Originally released for the Amiga and the Sega Genesis, Flashback was a 1992 platformer that blended the rotoscoped movement of Prince of Persia with hand-drawn backdrops and gameplay akin to Another World.
It was a huge hit, and a classic from the early ’90s. But not much has been done with Flashback since Ubisoft attempted a remake back in 2013.
Word of a Flashback re-release kicked off last year when publisher Microids, which worked on re-releases of the Syberia adventure games, announced it would remaster the original Flashback.
That was due out in the final quarter of last year, although the quarter came and went without much fanfare. And while we don’t have an updated release date, a listing for a Flashback 25th Anniversary game has appeared on the Classification Board website listing Paul Cuisset and Microids as the author and publisher.
There’s no listing for Flashback 25th Anniversary on the Microids website, and the only available mention of a Flashback remaster is the French publisher’s announcement last year of the Syberia re-releases, Blacksad and Gear.Club.
Still, silver linings. The original Flashback was a classic that led to the pretty-decent Fade to Black a few years later. It should play just nicely on the Switch, too, although the Classification Board’s site only mentions that the product is “multi platform”.
For a refresher on what to expect, here’s a long play of Flashback on the SEGA Mega Drive.