Jazz2Online news for July 2017

Permalink Jazz cameo in Fortnite July 27th 2017

Source: h/t/ Snook

Coming not long after the discovery in Horizon Zero Dawn, Jazz has turned up in another 3D game, this time Epic’s Fortnite, which has just been released:

Interestingly, it’s not a straight copy+paste of the Jazz 1 artwork, unless there’s a general filter applied to all art in the game that makes it look like that. The poster was found by Snook in an official level (in the Xbox One version).

 

Permalink UNniversary Bash 3 scheduled July 14th 2017

Source: JCF Thread

We’ve posted about the annual UNniversary party here before, and now it’s that time again. The UNniversary is Treylina’s brainchild, a casual multiplayer event that looks back through levels hosted in all the previous ANniversary bashes, although this time only a carefully chosen subset of those levels. Expect a mixture of familiar and forgotten maps in a variety of styles.

This year, the UNniversary will be hosted August 5 and 6, a few days after JJ1’s 23rd anniversary.

 

Permalink "Jazz² Resurrection" launched July 1st 2017

Source: JCF Thread

The newest Jazz 2 recode on the block is Jazz² Resurrection, following in the footsteps of Project Carrot (last substantive update in February), Carpaintergeril’s project (updated in response to interest from this post!), Jazz Jackrabbit: The Web Adventure (seemingly totally dead), WebJJ2 (likewise, but you never know), OpenJazz2 (don’t hold your breath), and maybe more.

This new project boasts a fairly impressive list of features, despite apparently relying on Project Carrot’s alternate data files instead of reading the .j2l, .j2t, etc files directly. Here’s a video and some screenshots. You’ll notice various inaccuracies, particularly in the player physics, but maybe those will improve with time. Notably, DeathKiller (the project’s author) reports having successfully built and played Jazz² Resurrection on an Android device, although no downloads of any kind are available at this time.

One way or another it’s great to see that in 2017, people are still seeing Jazz 2 and thinking “I want to make a game with that engine!” It’s only a few steps from this kind of direct remake to the kind of spinoff we got with Battery Check or Animaniacs.