For those of you who grew up with an Amiga, you may well remember Ambermoon, Thalion Software's role-playing sequel about a hero tasked with saving the land of Lyramion from the forces of evil. This 1993 game mixed 2D sprites with revolutionary 3D graphics and featured an impossibly large world (for the time), filled with plenty of dungeons, towns, and NPCs.
But despite its significance and fairly widespread success, it wasn't enough to rescue its ailing developer and publisher. Thalion collapsed just one year later in 1994 and the IP has remained pretty untouched ever since, with the closest to a sequel being a spiritual successor for MS-DOS called Albion, from the original dev team.
Something you might not be aware of, however, is that one fan of the game named Pyrdacor has been busy keeping it alive, making sure that new players can experience it in as many ways as possible. The latest of these is a brand-new Advanced Edition, scheduled to come to Amiga, PC, and Mac.
Pyrdacor announced this big, unofficial expansion and remake over on his YouTube channel (first spotted by IndieRetroNews), and he promises a wealth of new features to tempt fans back to the game after all these years.
These include new doors to open and places to explore, a brand-new companion, more monsters and items, and improved performance in 3D areas. The trailer also features music from Matthias Steinwachs, the original composer of Ambermoon for Amiga, which you can listen to yourself below.
As for why he chose Ambermoon as opposed to other role-playing games, he tells us:
"Ambermoon was my first RPG and my first fantasy game. I didn't know that such things existed back then. It is full of carefully placed well-crafted details and if you know the technical backgrounds and limitations it is even more impressive.
"Its event driven design by the 17 year old Karsten Köper in the early 90s is one of the most amazing things I've seen in my career as a software engineer. It is simple but yet so powerful. And it is the reason why I was able to port this gem to modern systems in less than a year."
Did you play the original? What do you make of these changes in the new expansion? Let us know below!