Illustration for article titled Remaking Commander Keen

With id showing no signs of reviving the Commander Keen IP anytime soon, a guy in New Zealand is taking it upon himself to remake the game, give it a more contemporary touch.

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Laz, the creator, says the game is a "tribute", but as fans of the little Cheesehead will instantly recognise, this is no tribute. It's a remake in the vein of Bionic Commando Rearmed, and that is a good, good thing.

Now, bear in mind this is just one guy. Working alone, without the support/blessing of id. So even if it's not shut down by the rightful owners of the IP, it may/will probably never see the light of day in playable form.

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But hey, even if it doesn't, be thankful for this awesome art, and for the daydreams it's inspired of what could be.

Below are some early, early clips. They're early! So be kind.

Commander Keen - 2D Platformer with an extra D thrown in [NZCGI]

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DISCUSSION

Best of luck. Keen had a certain je ne sais quoi about it that would be very hard to replicate, especially in 3D.

But I have high hopes. The Dopefish will rise again.