Developer Microids and publisher Anuman Interactive have announced that Barbarian – The Death Sword will be hitting the App Store early next month. Barbarian is a modern remake of the classic Commodore 64 title Barbarian – The Ultimate Warrior, also known in the US as simply Death Sword. Released in 1987, the original Barbarian was a one-on-one fighting game pitting buff and brutal warriors against each other.
Despite the fighting genre being in its infancy, Barbarian was critically acclaimed for its competitive gameplay. However, most of its notoriety outside of the gaming world was garnered by its violent nature where you were able to decapitate your opponent in a shower of blood, as well as the scantily clad models featured on its packaging.
The new version of Barbarian looks to be a similar one-on-one fighter, but with visuals that have been crafted in 3D. Check out the promo video below, which features both scantily clad women and violence just like its original inspiration:
One other really cool aspect about Barbarian – The Death Sword that was pointed out in the video is the ability to compete against other players across different platforms. I’m not sure if this extends all the way to the PC and Android platforms, but at the very least you’ll be able to play against your buddies no matter if they’re on a Mac, iPhone or iPad. Another thing I’d like to find out is if this multiplayer is online or just local. But, it shouldn’t be long before we can find out, as Barbarian – The Death Sword is set to launch in the first half of February, and we’ll be checking it out when it hits then.