Lemmings Revolution is the first Lemmings game where the fans could help. A week before the 31st August 1999, a representative from Psygnosis UK posted this article in alt.lemmings and to webmasters of various Lemmings sites (such as me). It is the Psygnosis press release.
Lemmings Revolution Promises To Have Gamers In A Spin!
An exclusive Lemmings demo and limited edition prizes await gamers at a new website being launched on 31st August by the brand's creators Psygnosis. The playable PC demo will be available to download, giving players a sneak preview of an exciting concept that the UK based developers are rumoured to be considering as a new PC-CD ROM game.
With the title 'Lemmings Revolution', the one level demo is a spin on the highly addictive original that had players glued to their cliff edges when the furry rodents first fell on to our PCs in 1991.
Located at www.psygnosis.co.uk/lemmings the site will offer you the chance to win some fantastic prizes including a Sony Discman and limited edition Lemmings Revolution T-shirts. The team at Psygnosis will also be giving you the rare opportunity to have your say on the concept of Lemmings Revolution and whether you would like to see this early demo developed into a full game.
But you'll have to hurry - while Psygnosis aren't giving any secrets away about the demo other than its arrival on 31st August, they have warned that the site will be live for two weeks only. After that, who knows? If our furry friends have their way we could be in for a full revolution!
Therefore, on the 31st August 1999, people could go to the Psygnosis UK Lemmings Website (not available anymore) and download the early concept demo. This site wass only available for two weeks. It is a violation of the EUL (end user licence) to redistribute the demo.
For the rest of September, Psygnosis kept their descision secret. On 02/10/1999 I received an email from a well-informed source at Psygnosis. This is the part that will interest Lemmings fans.
At the end of your page on Lemmings Revolution is the line: "Lemmings Revolution might be made into a full PC CD-ROM. Who knows?"
Well, I do. Psygnosis halted production of Lemmings Revolution as of yesterday (29/9/1999). The full game would have featured (in fact does feature, we're only 3 months from completion):
- 20 themed backdrops (featured in the demo was the underground cavern)
- 100 levels (boy, are there some great ones)
- Over 20 new traps
- A level editor bundled with the game
- Electrified cables
- New 9th skills: trampoline, metal builder, rocket bomber, cartwheel bomber, speedup, slowdown and anti-gravity
- Kick-boxing rats
- Shark infested custard
- Lemmings music
- Switches and levers that lie half-way across platforms (true 3D gameplay!)
- Introductory and reward FMV sequences.
Lemmings fans were disappointed for months. A game that showed such potential was going to be trashed.
Yet, with the recent (15/02/2000) acquisition of the Lemmings rights by Take 2 Games, things were turned around. Lemmings Revolution will not be trashed. In fact, it will be released around the world in April 2000!
(Note: at the North America Take 2 site, Lemmings Revolution was not listed. It's quite possible this means it won't be released in this region)
Lemmings Revolution will (according to Take 2) will be in the following languages: English, French, German, Italian & Spanish.
Game On Magazine has more information on the actual game in their Lemmings Revolution preview here.