Commander Keen for Game Boy Color
This has been no more than a rumor for quite a long time. But as of March 1, 2001 it is a rumor no more Todd Hollenshead, CEO of id Software, makers of Commander Keen published a press release in his plan file. Here's the press release:
What ever happened to Commander Keen 7?
Commander Keen 6: "Aliens Ate My Babysitter" ended with a bang. Keen not only found out that Mortimer was alive, but that also that he planned to blow up the entire universe. Now, I don't know about you, but I was pretty darned excited about that and I could hardly contain myself. So I waited for the inevitable Keen 7 to come out, and I waited, and waited, and .... it never came. Wolfenstein, Doom, Doom II, and Quake all came and went but not once did I hear a thing about Keen 7.
Well, needless to say I was pretty bummed out about it all and I decided to contact John Romero (who I had thought designed the game) to see if he'd tell me why it never came to be. At the time John R. was at Ion Storm and he forwarded my message to Tom Hall, the real designer behind the games to answer.
Tom Hall, being the great guy that he is, responded almost right away telling me that with Wolf3D and Doom their plans just didn't materialize and that when he went over to work at Apogee that pretty much ended any chances of Keen 7 ever being made. He also went on to say that he loved working on the Keen games and would love to do more if he ever got the chance.
Well, I dediced I'd go ask John Carmack, who was still at id, if id would ever make a Keen 7. He said that they would never make one now that Tom Hall was over at Ion Storm, but that they considered giving the rights over to Apogee while Tom was there. Needless to say that never happened and now that Tom is over at Ion the chances are even lesser.
After hearing that id almost gave the rights to make Keen games over to Apogee I felt it was my duty as a Commander Keen enthuist to tell Tom Hall about it. Well, I forwarded the email I got from Carmack to him and not much later got a response saying something along the lines of "Hmm.... interesting".
It's been about two years now since all that happened
and so far nothing's happened. I've talked to Tom and he says that he's
trying to get the rights to keen but id won't budge. I think that this
could be for one of two reasons, first id thinks they still might be able
to make some money off of it, or two they think that Ion hasn't proven
itself worthy enough yet to warrent them getting the license (since none
of the games they've released thus far have been big hits). Either way
things aren't looking good.