Shadow of the Beast – the upcoming PS4 remake of the 1989 action sidescroller – will include its Amiga original, announced developer Heavy Spectrum on the Playstation Blog.
Spectrum CEO Matt Birch said an emulated version of the Amiga game will come as an unlockable feature in the remake. How exactly the bonus is unlocked remains unknown – but considering the weighty challenge level offered by its original, something suggests it won’t be a walk in the park.
Following this, the PS4 remake will include an “infinite lives mode” however, as well as “other helpful features” to make the game more accessible, but these can be disabled if you like a challenge (via. GameSpot).
Shadow of the Beast’s soundtrack was composed by Ian Livingstone, whose voluminous video game credits include Lego Dimensions and Valiant Hearts: The Great War. There’s a different theme for each level and according to Birch, the music will “escalate” as brawls with enemies become more savage. Livingstone’s soundtrack will also be available for purchase on the PlayStation Store.
“In his pursuit of finding the right sounds for the game, he has investigated many unique instruments to keep the haunting and alien sound that helps define this universe. Fans of the 1989 game’s music will notice lots of elements and themes familiar to them that are subtly woven into the compositions they hear.”
The original game soundtrack composed by David Whittaker will be included as another unlockable trinket. “Once you’ve earned enough Mana within the game, you can unlock the option to play with David’s amazing music as an alternative soundtrack,” said Birch.
That’s not all there is to unlock in Shadow of the Beast, either. Roger Dean, the artist behind the 1989 original box art, provided high resolution scans of his artwork for the PS4 remake, which will be available to unlock if you “play the game well enough”, Birch says.
Shadow of the Beast launches May 17 on the PlayStation 4.