The 90’s were a different time: trading pogs was hotter than fidget spinners, supervising a child meant telling them to come home before dark, and Bubsy the Bobcat was a star. The frantic feline popped off smart remarks in pun-filled titles like Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind, and even starred in his own television show for a brief period of time. As the ’90s wound down, however, Bubsy did too, with the bobcat disappearing into obscurity as his intellectual property was left largely alone.
Until now, that is.
Today, developer Black Forest Games revealed that Bubsy is making a comeback attempt with Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back, a game due out on PC and PS4 later this year. What’s more, Accolade – the franchise’s original publisher that went defunct in 2000 – has also come back from the dead, marking a Sierra-esque return to the fold.
The newest Bubsy title will reportedly follow the feline across a ‘bevy of exotic locations’ as he searches for the Golden Fleece. To get his mitts on such a coveted prize, Bubsy will utilize all of his old semi-iconic attacks and, thankfully, will even walk at a normal pace this time around.
Gamers can take a look at the first trailer for Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back below:
Accolade promises that over 100 new one-liners have been included for Bubsy’s return, where the bobcat will face off against a variety of enemies ranging from bees, sharks, Woolies, and even something Accolade describes as ‘the gnarliest UFO ever to grace a Bubsy adventure’.
The charismatic feline was obviously intended to be a rival to other brand mascots like Mario or Sonic, but he failed to leave a lasting mark in the competitive videogame industry. Despite this, he still had 4 games across multiple platforms, and a more recent Steam re-release put together by a company that specializes in obtaining rights to abandonware. The interest this re-release produced may have played a key role in the production of Bubsy’s full return this year.
Suffice to say, it’s been a large surprise that a mascot rated as one of the most irrelevant of all time has arrived for an out-of-the-blue comeback attempt. As the official reveal stated, what’s the worst that could happen?
Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back will release for PC and PlayStation 4 in the fall of 2017.