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Lucasarts bringing classic games to Steam

Lucasarts bringing classic games to Steam

Lucasarts' Steam debut will include previously unreleased and hard to find versions of some games, such as LOOM.

Lucasarts has announced that it will be bringing its entire back catalogue of games to Steam, as well as other digital distribution networks, over the next few months - with releases starting tomorrow.

What's more, the list of re-releases will include a selection of previously unreleased and hard-to-find versions of some games and every game to get a re-release has been tweaked to run perfectly on Windows XP and Vista.

The full list of games getting the Steam treatment hasn't been fully unveiled, but the initial line-up will include the following ten games and will be available tomorrow - Armed and Dangerous, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure, LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventure, LOOM, Star Wars Battlefront II, Star Wars Republic Commando, Star Wars Starfighter, The Dig, Thrillville: Off the Rails.

On July 15th the initial batch of re-releases will be bolstered by the launch of The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, which will also be available on Steam and will be a graphical and audio overhaul of the original adventure classic.

What's most interesting of all though is that some of the games on list (and Lucasarts has claimed that this is "just the beginning") will be previously unreleased versions of the original. The Steam version of musical fantasy LOOM will be based on the talkie edition of the game, not the initial text-only release. Steam's copy of The Last Crusade will also be an updated version, with tonnes of bug fixes and a specially emulated sound engine.

"This effort is going to make it possible to introduce a whole new generation of gamers to LucasArts' classic games," said Darrell Rodriguez, president of LucasArts. "It also gives more people a chance to play our games by making them available long after they've disappeared from store shelves. We hope our fans are as excited as we are about our plans and we can't wait to share what's coming next. This is just the beginning."

Personally, we're glad to see that the initial line-up isn't just a quick cash-in on the better known Day of the Tentacle and Sam and Max games and actually includes the massively under-appreciated LOOM and The Dig. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the forums.

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bogie170 7th July 2009, 13:11 Quote
They still have to bring the X-Wing series up to date. They are sitting on a gold mine with that series and don't know it.
Imagine an up to date X-Wing game, would be awesome!
Veles 7th July 2009, 13:13 Quote
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Tyrmot 7th July 2009, 13:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by bogie170
They still have to bring the X-Wing series up to date. They are sitting on a gold mine with that series and don't know it.
Imagine an up to date X-Wing game, would be awesome!

Yeah I'd pay for an update of those, even though I own the originals. A really great series that, can't understand why they aren't cashing in on it more, especially given the current dearth of space sims these days
Daniel114 7th July 2009, 13:22 Quote
I never played Dig first time around, Looking forward to giving it a go
chimaera 7th July 2009, 13:23 Quote
I would *love* to get my hands on an updated version of all the X-Wing games, but I'm still pretty jazzed about what we're getting. Steam is a pretty nice platform for picking up some of ye olde classics I've found.
Paradigm Shifter 7th July 2009, 13:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by bogie170
They still have to bring the X-Wing series up to date. They are sitting on a gold mine with that series and don't know it.
Imagine an up to date X-Wing game, would be awesome!

Totally.

A rerelease of X-Wing Collectors CD, TIE Fighter Collectors CD, X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter (with Balance of Power) and X-Wing Alliance would be amazing.

And then make another TIE Fighter game.

...

But good news about those releases. If/when they have them all released and do a mega pack type thing... I might make my first Steam purchase...
Skiddywinks 7th July 2009, 13:32 Quote
Hmm, I may be tempted to pick up Republic Commando if it is cheap. Was good fun on the Xbox.
CardJoe 7th July 2009, 13:35 Quote
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Hmm, I may be tempted to pick up Republic Commando if it is cheap. Was good fun on the Xbox.

I was planning on picking that up too. I've heard good things about it and it passed me by the first time around.
Paradigm Shifter 7th July 2009, 13:36 Quote
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Republic Commando? Good?

I can't stand the Prequels, so I'm a bit biased there... but SWRC was at best fairly generic and at worst a steaming pile of bantha poodoo. ;)
perplekks45 7th July 2009, 13:41 Quote
Indy? Playable on 7? I don't care how much they want for it. Period.

But no DotT? :(
sub routine 7th July 2009, 13:48 Quote
i lost my copy of grim fandango years ago *fingers crossed*
impar 7th July 2009, 13:51 Quote
Greetings!
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But no DotT? :(
I wonder what this new generation of players (1995+) feels when they see acronyms of games that they havent played.
flibblesan 7th July 2009, 13:57 Quote
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Greetings!
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But no DotT? :(
I wonder what this new generation of players (1995+) feels when they see acronyms of games that thay havent played.

I thought he wrote DotA at first ;)
Hamish 7th July 2009, 14:03 Quote
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Republic Commando? Good?

I can't stand the Prequels, so I'm a bit biased there... but SWRC was at best fairly generic and at worst a steaming pile of bantha poodoo. ;)

no way man, republic commando was way underrated, it was an awesome game!
B1GBUD 7th July 2009, 14:14 Quote
This is without doubt the "BEST NEWS EVER".... Indiana Jones and the Fate Of Atlantis brings back such fond memories!

God bless Lucasarts and Steam!!
TurtlePerson2 7th July 2009, 14:22 Quote
Here's hoping that the KotOR games come out on Steam.
SteveU 7th July 2009, 14:57 Quote
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I never played Dig first time around, Looking forward to giving it a go

Would be a great choice, I played nearly all of the Lucasarts titles the first time around and it was deffo one of the better ones!!

Am loving all this relaunching of Lucasarts titles that's going on at the mo.

It was a sad day that the point & click genre was pushed to one side. 3D gaming has a lot to answer for!!!
alpaca 7th July 2009, 15:36 Quote
grim fandango... please?
Sifter3000 7th July 2009, 15:56 Quote
Essentially, Lucasarts need to stop making new games and realise they haven't made anything good since The Phantom Menace. Then focus on the old stuff and just make sure it's available, works on modern systems and has spruced up graphics.
steveo_mcg 7th July 2009, 15:58 Quote
Sounds like the approach Lucas himself has been taking only he's not managed anything good for significantly longer.
perplekks45 7th July 2009, 19:20 Quote
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I thought he wrote DotA at first ;)
AAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhHHHHHHH!!!!!11 :p

Honestly? I don't care about all the 14 year olds getting confused. Most of them feel like they know it all [almost like Cheaps :p] but have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA about the games that started it.

/me is back to playing some TTDeluxe, Civ or DR... :p
TWeaK 7th July 2009, 23:30 Quote
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Evildead666 8th July 2009, 12:29 Quote
TIE Fighter FTW !!!!!!!

Spent ages getting thru the ranks of the Dark side.....on a 486 ;)

The missions were great!!!
Garside 8th July 2009, 22:41 Quote
Xwing Alliance was one of the best games of all time!
knuck 9th July 2009, 00:44 Quote
se-weet !

that's why I love steam now ! I can't think of any other app out there that was hated by everyone when it first came out and then years later it's become absolutely amazing :D

I wouldn't mind replaying Jedi Knight II. I was just so young back then and I didn't understand a single word of english, which made it hard to play some games. Just browsing the menus was a pain haha
impar 9th July 2009, 10:51 Quote
Greetings!
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Originally Posted by Ghys
that's why I love steam now ! I can't think of any other app out there that was hated by everyone when it first came out and then years later it's become absolutely amazing :D
St€am was much better in November 2008.
Blademrk 9th July 2009, 11:28 Quote
Picked up Fate of Atlantis (£3 ) , just as good as I remembered it. Could never get it to work properly in XP, but this ran on Win7 with no problems. It ran windowed initially, but Ctrl+Enter switched to fullscreen
perplekks45 9th July 2009, 13:46 Quote
That answered my question in the latest purchases thread...

Glad to hear it's running flawlessly. Time to install Steam on the laptop I guess. :)
Paradigm Shifter 9th July 2009, 14:35 Quote
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I wouldn't mind replaying Jedi Knight II. I was just so young back then and I didn't understand a single word of english, which made it hard to play some games. Just browsing the menus was a pain haha

Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast is fairly new - it was built on the Quake 3 Arena engine. Do you mean the original Jedi Knight, which was Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight (and it's add on pack, Mysteries of the Sith) both of which were awesome. :D But getting them to run on XP or Vista? Nightmare. :( Modern graphics cards are just too powerful and lack some of the features that older ones had.

Really, Dark Forces, Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight, Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy should be must plays for anyone who wants FPS Star Wars goodness. :D It was the fact that JKII was so good that made me think that Republic Commando could have been so much more than it was.
knuck 9th July 2009, 14:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by impar
Greetings!

St€am was much better in November 2008.

why precisely this date ?
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Originally Posted by Paradigm Shifter
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast is fairly new - it was built on the Quake 3 Arena engine. Do you mean the original Jedi Knight, which was Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight (and it's add on pack, Mysteries of the Sith) both of which were awesome. :D But getting them to run on XP or Vista? Nightmare. :( Modern graphics cards are just too powerful and lack some of the features that older ones had.

You're right, noob mistake on my part here. It was indeed Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight. I believe I still have the original box somewhere
Paradigm Shifter 9th July 2009, 15:11 Quote
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why precisely this date ?



You're right, noob mistake on my part here. It was indeed Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight. I believe I still have the original box somewhere

I suspect that November 2008 was when Steam decided to start charging $ in the US, £ in the UK and € in Europe. Unfortunately, despite the fact that the € is stronger than the $, Steam think a 1:1 conversion is correct.

And sorry for the ramble about Jedi Knight. I was so hooked on those games. Jedi Knight was the first game I ever played multiplayer on. :D
CardJoe 9th July 2009, 15:53 Quote
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And sorry for the ramble about Jedi Knight. I was so hooked on those games. Jedi Knight was the first game I ever played multiplayer on. :D

Me too, back on the MSN Zone. I could NOT get enough of it.
Paradigm Shifter 9th July 2009, 16:05 Quote
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Me too, back on the MSN Zone. I could NOT get enough of it.

Yeah, the MSN Gaming Zone. :D Wow... back in the day... playing Jedi Knight and Q2DM1 on the Zone... I was pretty good at Jedi Knight, but sucked royally at Quake 2. Lightsaber fights were sweet. :D

Best bit of Jedi Outcast? The console tweak that allowed for lightsaber dismemberment! :D
impar 9th July 2009, 17:25 Quote
Greetings!
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Originally Posted by Ghys
why precisely this date ?
As mentioned, in December 2008 Steam increased all prices an innovative exchange rate, US$1=1€.
What may cost you US$50, cost here US$70 (50€).
knuck 9th July 2009, 22:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by impar
Greetings!

As mentioned, in December 2008 Steam increased all prices an innovative exchange rate, US$1=1€.
What may cost you US$50, cost here US$70 (50€).

I was suspecting that to be the case but I didn't know they suddently changed their prices. I thought it was progessive or something less obvious at least
impar 10th July 2009, 00:52 Quote
Greetings!
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I thought it was progessive or something less obvious at least
There is nothing progressive about this € price policy from Steam.
Not even the price decreases are working:
http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/5121/imagem0221.jpg
http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/5494/st20mirror.jpg
http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/8840/imagem0231.jpg
http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/8068/st20ds.jpg
http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/307/imagem0241.jpg
http://img31.imageshack.us/img31/3262/stme1.jpg

Its like Steam is being managed by someone totally oblivious to the european market.
CardJoe 10th July 2009, 09:13 Quote
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Its like Steam is being managed by someone totally oblivious to the european market.

To be fair, I don't think that's entirely fair. All of those games are EA titles and we know the price is set by the publisher...
impar 10th July 2009, 11:35 Quote
Greetings!
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To be fair, I don't think that's entirely fair. All of those games are EA titles and we know the price is set by the publisher...
Whats the excuse for other publishers game prices, then?
I only took those images beacuse those are the games I didnt bought (Securom...) and was thinking on geting at bargain price.
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