We've written about Outcast quite a bit - it was a great game which was released by Appeal on PC back in 1999 that never quite got the attention it deserved so fans never got to see a sequel. The rights got locked up for many years and were eventually regained by the original devs under the new name of Fresh 3D.
Then they went to Kickstarter to get funding for an entirely new version of the game, rebuilt from scratch to make the most of modern tech. It didn't go so well...
But now, something fairly magical has happened. A new version of Outcast is set for release on Steam in just a few short hours.
Now this isn't the full remade version which was being Kickstarted. Instead its an enhanced take on the 1999 original, and made to play nice with modern hardware. It also has plenty of bug fixes, support from controllers, an update user interface (which was clunky even back in the day) and improved graphics which can render at up to 1080p.
That's not to say it's going to look like a 2014 game, the resolution bump still relies on old assets and very much looks it (as you can see in the video on the Steam page) but its a great step in the right direction and - more importantly - will get more eyes on this game, a full 15 years after its release.
The Steam version unlocks on the 18th of December but in absolutely superb news Fresh3D has said that anyone who previously bought the GOG.com version of the game will get this update for free in the near future. Very cool indeed.
Grab it on GOG for less than a fiver right here.