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Speedball 2 HD arrives on Dec. 5

A "revamped" version of classic futuristic sports game Speedball 2 will be released for Windows PC on Dec. 5, priced at $9.99, according to publisher Mastertronic.

Originally released in 1990 for the Atari ST, Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe from The Bitmap Brothers was a metallic, quasi-violent take on ice hockey or indoor soccer. The game was ultimately released on many platforms including, in 2007, Xbox Live Arcade.

Speedball 2 HD was developed by Vivid Games and designed, directed and produced by Jon Hare (Sensible Software) and Mike Montgomery (The Bitmap Brothers). In the early 1990s, Hare and Montgomery were noted as some of the leading game developers of the day, projecting an indie ethic that was new, at the time.

"Over the years so many of today's indie developers have been telling us how much our games meant to them," said Hare. "Some asked us to bring them back on digital formats and some even begging us to be able to get involved with the development themselves."

"Speedball 2 HD is a faithful remake of the original futuristic cybersports game," said Montgomery. "It is as arresting and enjoyable as ever and we've added some cool updates to allow today's gamers to connect with it on their favorite platforms."

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