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Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy is coming back on PC

October 30, 2017 2 min read

2003's action-adventure title Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy is about to pop up on PC, Mac, and Linux by way of THQ Nordic. There's quite a lot going on with these new versions -- more than you might expect from years-later ports of a game most people aren't likely to remember all that well.

Here's what to look for in the enhanced release on November 10:

  • Support for arbitrary resolutions and widescreen (HD, 4K and beyond), native multi-sampling anti-aliasing (MSAA) and anisotropic filtering (AF) for crisp details at 60 frames per second.
  • Rewritten 3D graphics engine in portable and modern OpenGL 3+, based on the original Xbox and PlayStation 2 versions, supporting volumetric soft particles.
  • Rewritten audio subsystem for cross-platform reverb and realistic distance scaling, together with stereo, 5.1, 6.1, 7.1 and HRTF sound output thanks to the new OpenAL Soft back-end.
  • Optional support for Xbox-style controllers with force feedback.
  • Plug-and-play; the player can switch between mouse/keyboard and controller during gameplay at any given time.
  • Full keyboard and mouse support. Added support to the interface so that buttons can be clicked and lists can be scrolled. The camera can be controlled with the mouse.
  • The game is based on the PAL version of the original game, fixing the notorious savegame bug of the NTSC version.
  • Fixed several graphical and collision-related issues that weren't previously visible at lower screen resolutions.
  • Restored HD textures, carefully repainted several GUI elements to remove pillar-boxing and cover the widescreen areas while respecting and following the original artwork.
  • No GUI or HUD stretching.

While I lack an affinity for Sphinxhaving picked it up from bargain bins but ultimately always placed it back down, I will commend THQ Nordic for not just sitting on IPs like this and de Blob.

And, yeah, there's probably an Assassin's Creed Originsjoke in here somewhere.

Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy is coming back on PC screenshot