As we say nowadays “OMG OMG PLZ! PLZZZZZ!!!!!”
We’ve seen LucasArts dig into its classic franchises lately with The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition remake and Telltale Games’ Tales of Monkey Island expanding on the series universe. Even before that you have the two new seasons of Sam & Max episodic games.
Now add the hints in the Monkey Island remake, namely the semi hidden Purple Tentacle shadow which could indicate (or not) a similar remake of Day of the Tentacle, and it clearly looks like LucasArts is into a revival period. Day of the Tentacle would be amazing news of course but what really gets me super excited is the possibility of an X-Wing series remake!
G4′s Patrick Klepek interviewed Darrel Rodriguez, President of LucasArts, and asked him about the possibility of an X-Wing game coming in the future. The great response he got was “We don’t have any announcements now, but stay tuned, we will soon”.
Yay for vague teasing! But I want it! oh I want it so. I’ve actually been looking on eBay to buy the games in the series recently but we all know how fun it is to run DOS games on modern computers and I think a space shooter would highly benefit from updated textures, in a sense much more than an adventure game which is much slower paced and doesn’t feature as much animation.
In any case be sure I’ll keep you posted!
LucasArts is hard at work on their old franchises lately. They are remaking The Secret of Monkey Island and today they announced that a number of their back catalog will be available on Steam.
The first wave will be on July 8 and include 10 titles most notably (for me) The Dig! Amazing adventure game with an amazing ambiance and an amazing soundtrack. It is amazing.
The developers have confirmed that more games will be available in the future. No price has been announced yet.
Here is the list for the first wave:
Armed and Dangerous
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure
Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
Star Wars Battlefront II
Star Wars Republic Commando
Star Wars Starfighter
Thrillville: Off the Rails
In this post I will post everything that impressed me that didn’t come from the Big 3 conferences. So this includes EA, UbiSoft and of course the various booths throughout the floor.
Let’s dive right in!
Star Wars: The Old Republic
OMG!!!!!! As soon as i saw all the Jedi walk in I knew it. But still the trailer blew me away. It is as high quality as a Blizzard trailer would be and that is the biggest praise I can give it. Watch and rewatch it!
The Secret of Monkey Island – Special Edition
Yes Yes Yes!! This looks and sounds amazing!!!!!! I’m a huge LucasArts and adventure games fan so this is just amazing. The instant switch between classic and special edition is truly impressive
Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
Sweet trailer. I loved the first one and have been expecting this ever since so this is great news!
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
Sequel to FF IV available through nine episodes on WiiWare
Castlevania: Lord of Shadows
Amazing trailer!! Potentially a great 3D Castlevania at last. Kojima Productions is working on it. It looks really polished and the gameplay looks nice.
Academy of Champions
This trailer caught my eye. I’m not a big sports fan but I like the Harry Potter meets Captain Tsubasa feel of the game.
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
Another Warhammer 40,000 another great trailer! And this game is an action-RPG so it’s more up my alley.
RetroBeats Session 14 is Out!
This week I select my favorite songs taken from video game intros.
Be sure to check it out if you enjoy games.
E3 May Be Back
After the controversial 2007 and 2008 versions of what used to be the biggest show for the video game industry, it was clear that the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) had to figure something out.
Today we have two somewhat different reports.
On the one hand is G4′s X-Play which has said that the show will be from Tuesday June 2 to Thursday June 4 and that while it will have a much wider range of guests it still won’t be open to the public.
On the other hand N’Gai Croal (from Newsweek) got from an ‘inside source‘ that the show will be limited to the press from Tuesday through Thursday but will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday. Although the ESA plans to cap the limit to 40,000 persons.
The ESA is supposed to make a formal announcement tomorrow.
What is clear is that whether or not E3 is coming back in full swing, it is clearly on the move.
Rumors are afloat on the web that Electronic Arts and Starbreeze (Escape from Butcher Bay, The Darkness…) are currently working on a new game for the great Syndicate series (made by Bullfrog in 1993 and 1996). Even if it is still just word of mouth so far, considering the success of the first two games and how long it has been, we can be excited about this.
New Alan Wake Trailer!!
Big news today. Check it out here.
The project from Remedy has a lot of potential but we can see the game is starting to show its age a little so they better either release it fast or rework it a bit…. Mostly release it fast.
Xbox Live Insult Censorship?
Microsoft is trying to implement a system that will censor words in real time on Live. Live has long been known for its slew of stupid teenagers who curse left and right and sometimes harass players, you can report them and have them banned but there is little anyone can do to really stop them from ever coming back.
In any case Microsoft is trying to become more family-friendly but aside from the technical difficulty of this endeavor I doubt a system will be able to differentiate between tens of different languages.
for example I am French. What would the system do if I said “Il faut que je retourne a la base” (I have to return to base)?? “faut que” can sound a lot like “f*ck” so then what?
I will leave you to ponder this.
KotOR MMORPG Confirmed!!!
Everyone had suspicions it was coming but it was confirmed today by LucasArts and BioWare during a special interview with Gamespot.
The game will be called Star Wars: The Old Republic and have two factions, the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire. Within each faction you can verge between the Light and Dark side. The game will take place 300 years after the KotOR games which is 3600 years before the movies.
Not much info has filtered yet but BioWare is saying they want to make the most story/character driven MMO out there and we certainly hope they hold true to this.
In any case I suggest you head over to Gamespot to check out the lengthy article and the 10 minute video that goes with it.
RetroBeats Session 12 Out!
This week we’re taking a look at classical music that was integrated into video games over the years, featuring Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven and more.
Far Cry 3 Back to Africa
Far Cry 2 has not even been released yet but Patrick Redding, the narrative designer for Ubisoft Montreal, has revealed that a sequel is already under way, albeit at a very early stage, and may return to Africa.
This can only be good news considering the new direction that the Far Cry series is taking, i.e. doing away with aliens, zombies…. and sticking with good ol’ humans.
A Vampyre Story Is Going to Be a Trilogy!
For those of you who don’t know the game is a point & click adventure set to come out in October of this year that is being developed by Autumn Moon, a company formed by a bunch of former LucasArts employees who worked on classics such as Monkey Island and The Dig. Add tot his a vampire theme and you can picture me in heaven right there.
Bill Tiller has announced that they are working on 2 sequels in which Mona de Lafitte, the heroin, will develop powers such as transforming into a bat or mist, hypnotize people and drink blood.
Meanwhile enjoy the Game Convention trailer.