After taking a few years off to make a Prince of Persia movie with Donnie Darko, video game pioneer Jordan Mechner is getting back in the game. Mechner’s current project is a modernization of Karateka, his 1984 martial arts game that both founded his unique style of rotoscoped game animation and, arguably, the entire fighting game genre. That’s not all he’s up to though. According to a post on his blog, Mechner is planning to let game makers everywhere delve into his roots by releasing the source code for the 1989 original Prince of Persia.
Hard as it may be to believe, Mechner actually lost the original source version of Prince of Persia and has been looking for it for over a decade. His father discovered it recently in a box buried in a closet in the Mechner family home. The plan now is to get the data off those old disks and into a contemporary format so it can be distributed to old school bedroom coders that have always wanted to get their hands inside.
“So, for all fifteen of you 6502 assembly-language coders out there who might care, I will now begin working with a digital-archeology-minded friend to attempt to figure out how to transfer 3.5″ Apple ProDOS disks onto a MacBook Air and into some kind of 21st-century-readable format,” says Mechner.