It’s an unexpected record but one that Inin Games and Strictly Limited Games is celebrating.
Since the debut of their new title last month, Inin Games and Strictly Limited Games have received something very unexpected. Both businesses are pleased to announce that Clockwork Aquario was just named a new Guinness World Records holder. The record is for the longest duration between the commencement of a video game project and its final release. With a total development time of 30 years, it beats out Duke Nukem Forever.
A record not likely to fall anytime soon
Westone, a famed arcade-era business, was responsible for the early creation of Clockwork Aquario. Westone chose to discontinue the project due to the burgeoning era of 3D video games, as well as the dominance of other genres such as shooters and RPGs. Thus Clockwork Aquario was left in the shadows.
Then, 30 years later, ININ Games and Strictly Limited Games – two companies recognized for conserving and reintroducing retro titles – discovered this hidden treasure of a video game. They collaborated to make it a reality.
They took action, including creators from the original Westone team and others from the aforementioned firms, and made the publication of this product a reality after three decades of collecting mothballs.
“I would like to express my heartfelt respect and gratitude to those who have worked so hard to restore Clockwork Aquario,” said Ryuichi Nishizawa, founder of Westone. “I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that this work is a great piece of 2D art, where the pixel artists of that time put their hearts and souls into. I’d be happy if people would appreciate and enjoy it.”
Clockwork Aquario will be coming to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in North America on December 14, 2021. It is already available in Europe.