Majesco recently made public its plans for a massive restructuring, including drastically cutting its staff, changing its CEO, and changing its focus entirely to mobile and downloadable markets. While it is always sad to hear about struggling companies and people losing their jobs, fans of the classic platformer A Boy and His Blob actually have a reason to be happy, because a new, downloadable take on the game is going to be one of Majesco’s first priorities.
A Boy and His Blob is a puzzle platformer that was originally released on NES back in 1989, and it featured a boy and his shape-shifting blob who ate jelly beans that allowed him to take various forms needed to progress through the game. A dramatically updated take on the game developed by WayForward, which included the amazingly adorable “hig” button, was released for Wii in 2009, but other than that, not too much has really been done with the property. Little was said about this new entry except that it is being planned for “all next generation consoles” and that it should be expected to hit virtual store shelves at some point in the next two fiscal quarters, so within six months or so.
Seeing how many people consider the original something of a cult classic and the Wii version was generally well received, we can only hope that Majesco will deliver a game worthy of its predecessors’ legacy. Given the game’s relatively close launch window, it shouldn’t be too long before more is shown.