N64 classic ‘Turok: Dinosaur Hunter’ gets remastered PC release

Classic N64 shooter series Turok is making its way back, with remastered versions of the earliest entries planned for release on PC.

Both 1997’s Turok: Dinosaur Hunter and its 1998 sequel Seeds of Evil are in development by Night Dive Studios. They will be updated with “enhanced graphics and other improvements”, according to the developer.

The original releases helped lay the groundwork for what we now think of as a first person shooter, combining cutting edge graphics (for 1997, at least) with fast-paced shooting and environmental exploration. As the series progressed, it built up a considerable mythology, with a linked narrative across games. It also introduced some inventive weapons, such as the brilliant but gory cerebral bore.

“When Turok: Dinosaur Hunter was first released it was nothing short of revolutionary,” Stephen Kick, Night Dive CEO said. “To that point, no game had ever offered the combination of graphics and an open world environment that Turok featured. We are very excited to have the opportunity to bring this great franchise back to life and to be able to share these great titles with today’s gaming audience.”

Originally created by Iguana Entertainment and published by Acclaim Entertainment — both now defunct — the Turok series was designed to tap into Acclaim’s comic book properties, which included licenses it had bought from Valiant Comics. Turok himself goes back much further though.

The original version of the character first appeared in Four Color Comics#596 in 1956. A Native American hero — a rarity even now, let alone for the time — Turok and his friend Andar discovered a lost valley where dinosaurs still lived. Created by Gaylord DuBois and Rex Mason, Turok progressed to his own series, Turok, Son of Stone, before fading from view when comics publisher Dell ceased trading in 1973.

Acclaim’s take revamped Turok as a mantle rather than a single character, one passed down among family lines. Tal’set was the featured character of the first game, before his descendent Joshua Fireseed took over in the second (and the comics). They also introduced more sci-fi concepts into the lore, such as the cybernetic Bionisaurs.

Night Dive hasn’t yet announced a release window for its remastered versions, but has confirmed they will be available through a variety of outlets, including Steam, GOG, Humble Store and others.

WIRED.co.uk has contacted Night Dive Studios for comment, and will update this story when we hear back.

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