November 16, 2010 4:00 PM | Eric Caoili
In the mid 90s to early 2000's, a small Hungarian developer called CID Studio worked on several commercial game projects and prototypes, most of which never made it to market. The company eventually disbanded, but its members continued to build a Commodore 64 RPG called Newcomer that they'd started well before forming CID.
After working on the project on and off for the past 20 years, the team is finally preparing to launch Newcomer, and has entered it in the Independent Games Festival this year. The game has elements from both classic adventure titles and tabletop roleplaying games, placing an emphasis on interacting with characters, exploring the world, developing in/game and real life skills, and solving puzzles.
It's a massive title (for the C64), as one would expect after 20 years of development. Newcomer features 180+ characters to interact with (each with their own portraits), 10+ people who can join your party of six, 50+ areas created with 30+ graphic sets, 100+ cutscenes, 180,000+ words of in-game text, thousands of puzzles, and more all packed into 2 MB.
Of course, we'll let you know once Newcomer is released. You can check out more information about the game at Newcomer's official site.
[Via Rock, Paper, Shotgun]