Thanks to Mark R Jones for highlighting this early development of Renegade on the Ocean Software Facebook page.
Of course, Renegade did see release on the C64, but according to a preview write up in Commodore User, there was only mock ups to see by Steve Wahid, as the out-house programmer told Ocean that they could only have half a game. Either they were holding back for more money, or they were trying to keep it a single load and had to cut levels out.
There are no clues as to who the external developer was. We did wonder if the Mark J Taylor credit on Gamebase could be referring to the original external developer perhaps? Maybe the version eventually released was done internally by someone else?
It is believed that Steve Wahid’s graphics would have been used in the first version, and we have added the mock screens here which are ever so slightly different – mostly in terms of colours.
Do you know anything more about this early edition?
Contributions: Mark R Jones