The Making of Karateka is billed as an "interactive documentary' chronicling the creation of Karateka, a seminal game created by veteran designer Jordan Mechner. We have a release date, and you can get an essential education in video game history on PS5 and PS4 from 29th August.
Created when he was in college and first released in 1984, Karateka was revolutionary at the time and worth playing in its own right. Real geeks for the video game industry and its burgeoning history might enjoy tracing a direct line from Mechner's first success to his ultimately more impactful (and famous) sophomore effort, 1989's Prince of Persia.
This "Gold Master Series" from Digital Eclipse (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection, Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration) is clearly being positioned to dominate the video game preservation space, and it's a cool idea (multiple different playable iterations of the classic game, including an all-new one) that we hope finds success. We all have to do our bit to preserve video game history, after all.