The 90s seemed like a decade of boundless potential. A thousand strange new technologies that could change the world, and this strange little thing called the ‘internet’ was starting to clog up people’s phone lines with screeching machine-noise and shareware copies of Doom. And then there were the hackers – cowboys of the digital frontier. It seemed like they could do anything with their first-gen laptops and command line UNIX and all that jazz. And that’s what makes Blendo Games’ Quadrilateral Cowboy (previously featured in our 50 Upcoming Indies Of 2013 article) so exciting.
“When you have a top-of-the-line hacking deck armed with a 56.6k modem and a staggering 256k RAM, it means just one thing: you answer only to the highest bidder.”
The game is still some way from release, but this new trailer is a heady mix of soulful piano music, low-fi art, low-tech hacking and some highly interesting gameplay elements such as Telnet-controlled camera drones and VR simulations on big CRT screens. There’s no specific release date set yet, but Brendon Chung (the criminal mastermind behind the game) believes that it’ll be rolling onto various digital distribution platforms sometime later this year.
As an interesting technical aside, the game runs on the (now open-source and rather flexible) Doom 3 engine, while some of Blendo’s ran on the creaky old Quake 2 codebase. If nothing else, iD’s love of making their old engines free for all has resulted in some grand works over the years. You can read more about this and other interesting asides in our recent interview with the developer.