Old-school studio Sunsoft to announce new titles next week

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Don’t call it a comeback…

’90s developer Sunsoft, perhaps best known for its range of 8-bit licensed adventures and 16-bit platformers, has announced that it will be holding a special digital presentation next week, wherein the company will announce several titles scheduled to release over 2023 and the remainder of 2022.

“Although we have been quiet for some time, many things have been happening behind the scenes,” declares Sunsoft general manager Yuichi Ochi in a press release. “We are very excited to be able to finally share our vision for the rebirth of Sunsoft with fans old and new.”

Originally formed in 1978 as a subsidiary of the legendary Sun Corporation, Sunsoft spent much of the 1980s in the electronic gaming market, before transitioning to video games via a plethora of NES releases, including Blaster Master, Fester’s Quest, Xenophobe, Batman, and Gremlins 2: The New Batch. In the early ’90s, Sunsoft began developing and publishing titles for the 16-bit market, creating a slew of, frankly, exceedingly middling platformers, brawlers, and adventure games for the Sega Genesis and SNES. Perhaps Sunsoft’s best-known character is the platforming star Aero the Acro-Bat.

Sunsoft would enter a period of bankruptcy in 1995, but has always remained in the industry, albeit in an incredibly scaled-down capacity. Just last year, the company asked fans which of its classic IPs they would like to see receive a remaster or remake, so it’s quite possible that next week’s presentation will see the company announce several comebacks for the studio’s portfolio of titles.

The Sunsoft digital event will take place on Thursday, August 18 at 13:00 PT / 16:00 ET / 21:00 BST and can be watched on the official Sunsoft YouTube channel. We will, of course, be sure to bring you all of the details right here on Destructoid.

Chris Moyse
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