The double-vinyl release is pressed on picture discs.
The soundtrack to upcoming side-scrolling action game Clockwork Aquario is getting a double-vinyl release.
The Clockwork Aquario 2xLP soundtrack is pressed on a couple of picture discs with only 499 copies available worldwide; the vinyl discs come packaged in a clear sleeve.
Japanese developer Westone (of the Wonder Boy/Monster World platformer series) began working on Clockwork Aquario back in 1982 and intended the game to be its final project with a release planned for the arcades; the game was ultimately cancelled.
In 2014, the company (then known as Westone Bit Entertainment) entered liquidation and eventually filed for bankruptcy, as reported by industry outlet MCV/DEVELOP.
Through a partnership between Strictly Limited Games and ININ Games, the rights to publish Clockwork Aquario were acquired from SEGA and the game will see a release in early 2021 for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.
Although the game was saved somewhat, certain parts including the sound, music, and graphics could not be recovered from the source code. It was decided to involve as many of the original developers as possible so that the game could be restored in a way that would stay true to the previous build.
Game creator Ryuichi Nishizawa and composer Shinichi Sakamoto are on board to help bring the retro game to a new and modern audience.
“Clockwork Aquario is a great piece of 2D art, into which the pixel artists put their hearts and souls,” Nishizawa said. “I would like to express my heartfelt respect and gratitude to those who have worked so hard to restore it.”
Aside from the double-vinyl soundtrack, Strictly Limited Games has also made pre-orders available for the standalone game, collector’s edition, and ultra collector’s edition.
The latter two editions include the original and a remix soundtrack on separate CDs among other collectable items. All editions of the game are limited releases and expected to ship between May and June 2021.