Simply put, Unearthed is a game project being developed using hacking software and the EarthBound Super Nintendo rom. Despite being constructed within the framework of an existing game, it will have an original narrative and will feature a new cast, game world, and set of game-play mechanis. The main aim of Unearthed is to produce an entertaining narrative experience within the fabric of a retro video game.
Unearthed is centered around a fairly simple plot: one that draws influences from Labyrinth, Cave Story, Fraggle Rock and many other sources. Through a series of unlikely events, Mitchell (our protagonist) is thrust into an underground world in search of his younger brother Chase. There he encounters strange creatures and exotic locations, and gets caught up in the trials and tribulations of this newly discovered realm.
Short answer: Because making games is fun, and I have a story I want to tell.
Long answer: Because I love video games – especially the chunky, 16 bit ones I grew up with – and I want to tell new and engaging stories using this antiquated (but not unappreciated) medium.
I guess a lot of this project is driven by nostalgia. Many of the narrative points and game-play mechanics in Unearthed are derived from existing media or at least inspired by it. When I work on Unearthed, I often feel like I am writing a love letter to an era of games that has long passed. I hope the end result is both familiar and refreshing to those who play it.
Unearthed has been a labour of love for me over the past few years, and I have been working on it whenever I have a spare moment. I’m not entirely sure when it will be done, but you can see the progress so far by checking out the blog posts below. As of the writing of this page (April 2016), most of the nuts ‘n’ bolts of the game world are finished. I am currently implementing some tertiary battle elements before assembling a demo of some sort.
I am done estimating the game’s completion date. Sorry! A lot of the game’s development is dependent on my schedule and on contributions by complete strangers. Neither of those things are particularly reliable. It’ll be done when it’s done!