What becomes antiquated will eventually become cool again. It happened to 16-bit sidescrollers and voxels, so why not pre-rendered backgrounds and world maps? The Black Tower is a love letter to PlayStation Japanese RPGs, currently developed by a three person team.
The Black Tower is only the second game designed by Simon Mesnard, who released Myst-like adventure game ASA: A Space Adventure in December. The project is currently a prototype that may blossom into a full release via crowdfunding, according to Mesnard. After all, three people can't easily make a game of this scale without taking a decade in development time.