WaterMelon’s 16-bit Sega Genesis homebrew RPG Pier Solar HD is expected to launch across all planned consoles in April, the developer revealed on Twitter.
Pier Solar originally released as a custom Sega Genesis cartridge in December 2010. The custom cartridge gave the developers more room to create the largest 16-bit RPG to date. The project started as a collaborative project among members of the Sega homebrew website Eidolon’s Inn. Over the years, the project’s size and scope ramped up, eventually leading to the creation of an RPG that touts over 50 hours of gameplay, 300 locations, 500 unique treasure chests, and over 800 NPCs (according to the developers). The original 2010 release was met with positive critical reception.
WaterMelon took to Kickstarter in 2012 in order to fund an HD rerelease for modern consoles. By December 5, they raked in $231,370 with a goal of $139,000.
Having reached several Kickstarter stretch goals, WaterMelon will release Pier Solar HD on Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Windows PC, Mac OS X, Linux, Wii U, Sega Dreamcast, and Android platforms. An Xbox One release may be down the line, too, pending WaterMelon’s acceptance into ID@Xbox.