Complete Archives of Classic Game for Sale by Legendary PlayStation Dev
Jay Gunn, a co-creator of the classic PlayStation game MediEvil, has made public that his full collection of the game’s initial artwork and gameplay design will be available for purchase. This is the first time that such a comprehensive archive of MediEvil‘s history has ever been put up for sale and it is expected to include a lot of previously unseen material.
Prior to the emergence of popular Sony franchises, such as God of War, Uncharted, and The Last of Us, MediEvil made its debut in 1998 for the original PlayStation. Jay Gunn, credited as Jay Wilson in the game, was responsible for many roles, including lead game designer, art director, concept artist, level designer, co-writer, and voice actor. The visuals of MediEvil were heavily influenced by Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, giving it a unique charm. Though it may not have been a great commercial success, it gained a loyal cult-following, leading to remakes for the PSP in 2005 and for the PS4 in 2019, both of which stayed close to the original design.
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Gunn has now put up for sale a huge archive of MediEvil designs, featuring one of the most iconic skeletons in the video game world. He expressed his sorrow in his announcement, citing financial difficulties as the reason for his decision. The collection contains everything from the initial pitch to the final stages of development. Although he has not specified a price, Gunn has stated that the cost will be significant due to the sentimental and historical value of the documents.
Players of MediEvil and its remake may be astounded by Gunn’s archives, which are composed of four books that contain a variety of concept art, environment renderings, gameplay maps, and other materials, some of which didn’t make it into the finished version. Moreover, it includes multiple design reviews, the initial story outline, and sound clips from the game’s conversations.
Given the production of a remake of the original MediEvil game a few years ago and the continued interest in the franchise of some gamers, people may be speculating if Sony will announce a MediEvil 2 remake. However, there has been no confirmation that this will be happening in the near future, and Gunn is not likely to receive any profits from it due to the fact that the franchise is owned by Sony.
The original MediEvil can be played on PS1, while those who want an updated version of the game can opt for the remakes on PSP or PS4.
An examination of how the newly released MediEvil remake differs from its original incarnation is examined in the article “Five Ways the Remake of MediEvil Improves on the Original, and Five Ways It Falls Short”.