The game that was delayed for 22 years is finally out


In 2002, a group of friends in Italy started working on an action game with RPG elements for the Nintendo console. Game Boy Advance portable. Then 22 years passed and now, in 2024, It was finally comes to GBA, ending one of the longest delays in video game history.

There have been many games with extended development cycles and delayed releases over the decades. One of the most renowned is Duke Nukem Foreverwhich was first announced in 1997 but ultimately never went on sale until 2011almost 15 years later. But It was it took even longer to finally sink in.

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As reported Guardian and Patricia Hernandez (former Chief Operating Officer) My city), It was was developed by a petite group of friends in Italy in 2002. None of them had any experience in game development. But for the next two years, the buddies worked very difficult to develop it It wastaking very few breaks and crushing a lot. After several years of development, the game was finished and ready for release. However, the high cost of shipping the game on Game Boy cartridges and the risk that It was may not have been a success, which resulted in no publisher wanting to release the game.

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Ultimately, only one member of the original development team remained: game designer Fabio Belsanti. Despite his faith in the unpublished game, he moved on with his life, founded a novel development company, and began creating educational games for children and teenagers. Despite everything, Belsanti never lost hope for It was. When he noticed recently that retro games and consoles were popular again, he decided to go back to It was and give him another chance.

Belsanti joined forces with Incube8, a publisher focused on releasing and supporting novel games for classic consoles such as the GBA. Incube8 was a perfect fit It was and in June it finally launched, 22 years after work began on the action game.

“On a romantic level, the thought of releasing a game on the original console is just magical,” Belsanti said. “To see It was “To come to life on the platform it was designed for is a dream come true.”

It was is now availableYou can buy a physical version of the game for Game Boy Advance, or buy a digital version that you can play on an emulator.


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