By Aaron Evangelisti / August 18th, 2021
The year is 1999, Pluto moves along it’s orbit and drifts further away from Earth than Neptune for the first time since 1979, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace releases in theaters leaving audiences with a mixed reaction for years to come, and little game studio, Affinix Software, begins development on a Game Boy Color RPG named Infinity. 1999 was a bit of an awkward time to be developing an ambitious Game Boy Color game. The Game Boy Advance was just on the horizon, and sadly, after two years of development, Infinity was officially canceled in 2002. Although the unfinished ROM would find it’s way online in 2016, the developers would never see their vision fully realized.
Fast forward to 2021, nearly twenty years after Infinity was canceled, a retro games publisher known as Incube8 has brought together a team consisting of former Affinix devs and some new faces hopes to finally make a finished Infinity a reality. And to do that they’ve started a Kickstarter campaign. Incube8 is turning to Kickstarter to generate the funding to finish the game, compensate the original developers for their hard work, as well as manufacture physical cartridges that can be played in real Game Boy Colors. Starting with a pledge of about $10 USD you’ll receive a digital copies of the ROM, artwork, and game manual. If you’re looking to obtain a physical copy though, that’s going to set you back about $72. There are a lot of other rewards too, so be sure to check the campaign page.
So what about the actual game? Well Infinity is a fantasy RPG with a tactical battle system. It concerns a war between two powerful nations, Selera and Alutha, and an ancient evil beneath the earth influencing and corrupting both sides of the conflict. Connor, the main character, is a disgraced knight of Selera who, years prior, was sent on what he thought was peace keeping mission in Alutha. In reality it was all a ploy by Selera’s king. When Connor protested the war he was stripped of all rank and title.
There is a lot more information about Infinity on the Kickstarter page, so definitely go check that out if it at all sounds interesting. They’ve already managed to smash their goal of $12,684, despite the page only being up for a day so far, with current funding quickly approaching $100k as of writing this article. As many of you are aware, every cent helps, so don’t be discouraged from pitching in if Infinity is something you’d like to play.
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