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The Beginning

Knights of Bytes was founded in the 90s by Chester Kollschen as a game development label.

The team created and released some notable C64 games such as Ice Guys (1997), Bomb Mania (1998) and Metal Dust (2005), all distributed by Protovision.

Metal Dust marked the end of the team's C64 activities and they moved on to modern platforms.

Returning To Retro

After a break of 10 years and inspired by the increasing public interest in retro computing and gaming, Chester Kollschen revived the Knights of Bytes as a retro game development label in 2015.

Unlike many teams who make retro games on modern machines, the Knights of Bytes intend to go the opposite way and create brand-new games for old-fashioned home computers and vintage video game consoles.

The team's first project is Sam's Journey and it's being developed for the platform on which it all began: the C64.

Current Project

Sam's Journey is a fast-paced platformer about a cute little hero called Sam who finds himself on an unexpected journey in a strange world.

The game can be compared to popular titles on NES or SNES in terms of features and size.

The very first teaser GIF was released on 1 April 2015 so that many people thought it was an April Fool's prank.

Today, the game is in its final stages of development. The Knights of Bytes presented the current version of Sam's Journey at the 2016 gamescom exhibition in Cologne, Germany.

The game will be distributed by Protovision. They are going to create a disk edition (2 disks) and a cartridge edition (with save option), both in a beautifully decorated cardboard box.

The Future

There are a number of candidates for the Knights of Bytes' next project after Sam's Journey such as a space shoot'em up and an action-adventure with RPG elements in a near-future science-fiction setting.

The team intends to try crowd-funding for their future projects in order to reduce non-retro-business and focus on game development.

Members Of The Order

The Knights of Bytes consist of the following people:

Sir Codalot

Chester Kollschen
Programmer

Sir Pixalot

Stefan Gutsch
2D Artist

Sir Groovalot

Alex Ney
Musician

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