Flashback 2

I was obsessed with Flashback: The Quest for Identity when I was a kid, though I’ve never really been able to actually play the thing. It feels absolutely terrible to play, but the game world is so fascinating, and the puzzles are so maddeningly difficult, that it captured my attention and never really let go.

So it’s really great to see that there’s finally going to be a Flashback 2. At Summer Game Fest 2022, we got a trailer.

It’s hard to believe this is even a real thing. Flashback did have a sequel called Fade to Black, released in 1995, and there was a project in the works called Flashback Legends, but that was ultimately cancelled.

And then there was the 2013 Flashback remake, which was… a thing?

But finally, we’re getting a follow-up that feels like a true successor to the original, with good, old-fashioned puzzle platforming and a cyberpunk world. Here’s a description that comes from the Microids YouTube channel:

After his victory over the “Master Brain” in the first episode, Conrad and his allies are once again confronted with the Morphs, who threaten all civilizations. ​Moreover, his friend Ian, who has answers to many of Conrad’s questions, has just been kidnapped in front of him… A trick of the Morphs? For what purpose? It’s up to you to find out…​ Help him and his allies to solve this delicate and dangerous investigation through 5 levels full of action and shoot-outs and to fight the Morphs who are preparing a Machiavellian plan for total control of the solar system…​

You can check out the trailer below.

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