A Dizzy fansite helped the return of the classic platforming series, it has been revealed.
Project director Paul Ranson, who worked on both the original and upcoming re-release on mobiles, said that website YolkFolk.com's ongoing petition "spurred" the comeback.
The website also hosted the original visuals for Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk, which was used in a prototype that was first shown to Codemasters.
"I ended up finding a website called YolkFolk.com, and those guys have got a petition that spurred me on realising this was a good thing to do, and also some kind soul had downloaded all the graphics," he told Digital Spy.
"The prototype I originally presented used the graphics that had been presented on that website, so to some extent - because they ran a petition for years to try and bring back the character - I hope that they get to hear that hosting those graphics facilitated me doing the demo."
Ranson also explained that he first pitched the idea of a Dizzy port to Codemasters and the Oliver Twins after work on TV gameshow titles dried up.
"I think there's a healthy portion of the opportunity had been staring them in the face because I presented it," he said.
"And also, as the guys have got a bit older, they started to appreciate the value that was built into that character way back when. They basically liked the idea. It gave them an opportunity, with relatively little risk to bring him back."
Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk will be available on iPhone, iPad and Android on December 9.