UPDATE 07/02/2014 7.14pm: Renegade Kid has released the following Moon Chronicles debut trailer showing how this 3DS remake looks in action. It's definitely sharper than the original DS Moon, but there's no mistaking it for a current-gen affair. What do you make of it?
Mutant Mudds and Dementium developer Renegade Kid has regained the rights to its 2009 DS first-person sci-fi shooter Moon.
Previously, the IP was owned by the original game's publisher Mastiff.
Renegade Kid co-founder Jools Watsham made the announcement on Twiiter. "Save your energy. Renegade Kid gains Moon rights back in 2014," he wrote.
Appropriately enough, I'm writing this review on the 40th anniversary of the moon landings - when Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong took mankind's first tentative steps on the surface of our closest cosmic neighbour. No matter your opinion of the landings, and there are still plenty who believe that the whole thing was a set-up to nark the Russians and hide the fact that Nixon had doubled the national debt on caviar and prostitutes - pretty much everyone knows the name of the two astronauts who stepped out upon the Sea of Tranquility. You might not be so familiar with Michael Collins, the third member of the Apollo crew who stayed onboard the mothership Columbia and orbited the Moon whilst the other two had their little gad about on the surface.
Given that he was still one of the first members of the handful of mankind to have escaped the Newtonic grasp of our little planet, he's probably not particularly bitter. Nonetheless, I can't help but feel that during those lonely hours, more geographically isolated than any other man in history, he was probably thinking about what might have been were he to have been chosen to take those historic steps instead of old Jammy Armstrong. To come all that way and never set foot on the dusty lunar surface. So close and yet so far.
And that, to cut a long and reasonably hyperbolic story short, is analogous to how I feel having immersed myself in Rengade Kid's new DS shooter, Moon.