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Bionicle is a name some of you will be too young to remember, but I promise that it was in fact one of the coolest brands a kid in the early 00s could get their hands on.
Essentially a series of LEGO toys aimed at slightly older kids, Bionicle was a multimedia phenomenon. Outside of the figures, there were books, games, a TV series, and even a couple of movies. If you wanted pages and pages of detailed lore mixed in with your LEGO, Bionicle was the one for you.
Unfortunately the series' popularity was relatively short-lived, and Bionicle has since all but disappeared - it's mostly kept alive by dedicated fans these days. Fans like the ones at Team Kanohi, who are building a full-on open-world video game based on the early days of Bionicle. Check out the stunning gameplay trailer below!
"Bionicle: Masks of Power is a fan-made open-world adventure set in the BIONICLE universe, reliving the legend of the mighty Toa and their perilous quest to collect the kanohi masks of power, free the islanders of Mata Nui, and defeat the evil Makuta!," reads the game's Steam description.
According to Team Kahoni, Masks Of Power has been in development for the last five years and is a real labour of love. The game has been built from the ground up in Unreal Engine 4, and aims to combine familiar characters and locations with exciting action-based open-world gameplay. Sounds good to me, and exactly the kind of Bionicle game I would've loved as a kid.
You can add Masks Of Power to your Steam Wishlist right now. Team Kahoni stresses that this is a completely unofficial fan game, and as such will be available to download for free when it's ready. There's no release date just yet, but the Steam page promises that a demo will be coming soon.