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LucasArts plans more retro remakes

LucasArts plans more retro remakes

LucasArts has confirmed that it will be releasing more retro remakes in the coming months.

LucasArts' president Darrell Rodriguez has confirmed that LucasArts will be making many more remakes of games from it's back catalogue, based on the success of Monkey Island: SE.

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition was a remake and re-release of one of LucasArts' most loved games, complete with new audio and graphical options. It was released across the PC, Xbox 360 and iPhone and seems to have done well enough that LucasArts is now ramping up production of other remakes.

"We plan to do much more of this, both on Steam and iPhone and other platforms in the future," Rodriguez told GameTrailers.tv.

Rodriguez also unveiled that next week will see the re-release of the Jedi Knight series over Steam, expanding on the selection of retro games that are currently available on Steam in their original form.

Rodriguez also commented that LucasArts had definitely considered making sequels to some of the under-represented games, such as Fate of Atlantis and Grim Fandango.

"One of the great opportunities working here is to be able to meet some of the legends--to meet Tim Schafer, to meet Larry Holland (X-Wing, TIE Fighter), to meet Dave Grossman or Ron Gilbert ," he teased. "Wouldn't it be great to work with them on new things?"

Most of those folks famously left LucasArts a while back though when it became clear that the company wasn't much interested in anything but Star Wars games. Gilbert is currently working on DeathSpank for Hothead Games, while Grossman continues the Sam and Max and Monkey Island games at TellTale Games and Schafer is about to release Brutal Legend from his own studio, Double Fine.

What remakes and re-releases would you like to see in the future? Personally, we loathe the idea of a Grim Fandango 2 (since the initial game wrapped up so well and finally) but would be very much interested in a Full Throttle 2 or a remake of any of the Indiana Jones games. Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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ano 14th September 2009, 12:17 Quote
I know what you mean about Grim Fandango 2, the original is probably my favourite game of all time. A remake of GF to be played in hi-res widescreen with all voice actors kept in would be good.
Flibblebot 14th September 2009, 12:19 Quote
Weren't they working on Full Throttle 2, but canned it?

Grim Fandango was a stand-alone story - I don't see how they could do a sequel, given the way the original ended. Perhaps just using the concept of the original with different characters, but certainly nothing with Manny in it.
CardJoe 14th September 2009, 12:22 Quote
They tried to make Full Throttle 2 twice, with one being known as an all-out 3D action game called Hell on Wheels.
crazyceo 14th September 2009, 12:35 Quote
Full Throttle needs a remake anyway. God I remember playing that on my first decent PC. Was that 95or 96? Christ, I'm gonna see if I can get it working on this netbook. Any ideas how? I'm using Win7RC.
CardJoe 14th September 2009, 12:40 Quote
ScummVM, always.
Diosjenin 14th September 2009, 12:49 Quote
How about they take a day or two and make a KoToR patch so it can work on Vista and 7?
CardJoe 14th September 2009, 12:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Diosjenin
How about they take a day or two and make a KoToR patch so it can work on Vista and 7?

It does work on Vista. Or, at least, it did so flawlessly when I played it last.
Diosjenin 14th September 2009, 12:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
It does work on Vista. Or, at least, it did so flawlessly when I played it last.

It depends heavily on your graphics card. For example, I'm running an ATI Radeon HD 2600 on a two-year-old Toshiba Satellite - hardly an obscure notebook GPU. KoToR works flawlessly on XP, but an attempt to launch the game on either Vista or 7 is met with a "stopped responding" message and nothing else. Doesn't matter what compatibility settings you apply before or after installation, doesn't matter if you use the original .exe, Securom's "altered" .exe, or a cracked .exe, and in KoToR II's case, it doesn't matter if you use the updated mss32.dll file. Trust me, I've tried it all.

Heck, they managed to alter the version included in their Best of PC pack to work on Vista. They just re-released it for Steam, apparently with full Vista support. But there's no patch to just make it work if you bought the original game?
azrael- 14th September 2009, 12:59 Quote
"You know what'd look good on you? ... The bar!" *SLAM*

One of my favourite moments in Full Throttle. :)

Bring on the updated versions!
Blademrk 14th September 2009, 13:18 Quote
DOTT please :)
Sutters 14th September 2009, 13:29 Quote
DOTT +1
riggs 14th September 2009, 13:48 Quote
Hmm, while Full Throttle and DOTT would be great, I don't think they warrant a remake yet. I can still play them and have no issues with the graphics. Sure, they're pixelated, but still stylised enough to look good.

I'd much rather see HD versions of Maniac Mansion, Zak McKracken and Loom!
Cousteau 14th September 2009, 14:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by riggs
I'd much rather see HD versions of Maniac Mansion, Zak McKracken and Loom!

+1 on MM, ZM and Loom :) none had voice acting... worth updating

noone's mentioned yet Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge! needing an update (and i assume theyre already hot on working on it anyway...)
Threefiguremini 14th September 2009, 14:15 Quote
Definitely DOTT and Fate of Atlantis. They were pretty much the first games I ever played. Back then if you had 640 K of RAM, 50 K free on your hard disk you were good to go.
interzen 14th September 2009, 14:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sutters
DOTT +1

+lots for DOTT.

The other Monkey Island games would be good too - I've been playing it in 'old school' mode on the 360 just so I can wallow in nostalgia :-)
SazBard 14th September 2009, 15:42 Quote
I absolutely loved Indian Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, would be very happy to see a remake of it =)

Also would love to see Mercanary - Escape from Targ, but I won't be holding my breath on that one!
Paradigm Shifter 14th September 2009, 15:50 Quote
I just want another Star Wars space combat sim.

As good as X3 is... there is too much 'faff' in between the 'shooting'. ;)
Kiytan 14th September 2009, 16:09 Quote
There is only one problem with a second/remake of full throttle. No more roy conrad. Other than that i would kill to see it, Full throttle has to be one of my top 3 favourite games.

Right next to the Knives and Spoons.
HourBeforeDawn 14th September 2009, 16:10 Quote
of course they are going to make remakes, Lucas is one of the most uncreative uninspiring lazy ass person I have ever met, after starwars all he seems to do is just sit on his bum and milk what he did from the freaking 70s over and over and over. UGH....
thehippoz 14th September 2009, 18:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by HourBeforeDawn
of course they are going to make remakes, Lucas is one of the most uncreative uninspiring lazy ass person I have ever met, after starwars all he seems to do is just sit on his bum and milk what he did from the freaking 70s over and over and over. UGH....

yeah.. but when you look at how much money he's made and started industrial light and magic.. can't really blame him
CardJoe 14th September 2009, 20:00 Quote
+ Loom and Zack McCraken.

Did someone say Loom with a Guitar Hero controller? OH SHHII--
SMIFFYDUDE 14th September 2009, 20:17 Quote
I'm not sure what to think of a sequel to Grim Fandango. The game was as perfect a game of its type can be, so to do a sequel, Lucasarts will have to make the game for the love of it as much as to make money. I also wonder/fear what the sequel will look like as a decade of graphics improvements has gone by. Will the game have the look and feel of the first game. I liked the static backdrops in which the characters moved round in, they still look good today, but can the characters be polished up without making them unrecognizable. The disjointed look of Manny and co had its own stylistic charm even if it was probably due to the graphical limitations of the day.
bogie170 14th September 2009, 21:16 Quote
128 multiplayer X-Wing game with mega improved graphics and sound please!!!
BLC 15th September 2009, 09:30 Quote
Will the re-released Jedi Knight feature an updated game/graphics engine, or just the old one? I quite enjoyed that game, but couldn't really see much point going back to it without updated graphics...

I'm tempted to dig out Jedi Knight II, now!
Bauul 15th September 2009, 09:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by bogie170
128 multiplayer X-Wing game with mega improved graphics and sound please!!!

This would be insanely awesome. Shotgun the Super Star Destroyer!

Other than that, +1 to DOTT and Full Throttle. Awesome games.

"Maybe they took him out back and roped him over with the 2 x 4..."
Aragon Speed 15th September 2009, 10:39 Quote
One of the lesser known games, but 'The Dig' would be a nice one to have an updated version of.
Nikumba 15th September 2009, 13:00 Quote
I just want a nice gfx overhaul of Xwing/TieFighter games, that an DOTT, and maybe Syndicate but thats not Lucas
B1GBUD 15th September 2009, 19:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by bogie170
128 multiplayer X-Wing game with mega improved graphics and sound please!!!

YES YES YES!!!!
thehippoz 15th September 2009, 19:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bauul
This would be insanely awesome. Shotgun the Super Star Destroyer!

Other than that, +1 to DOTT and Full Throttle. Awesome games.

"Maybe they took him out back and roped him over with the 2 x 4..."

hehe play vader and camp the shaft :D
HourBeforeDawn 16th September 2009, 03:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by HourBeforeDawn
of course they are going to make remakes, Lucas is one of the most uncreative uninspiring lazy ass person I have ever met, after starwars all he seems to do is just sit on his bum and milk what he did from the freaking 70s over and over and over. UGH....

yeah.. but when you look at how much money he's made and started industrial light and magic.. can't really blame him

oh I know hes worth 12.8 Billion so no I cant blame him but you think he would use some of that personal money to try something new for a change, to be honest I would like to see him redo his THX movie and update that with the current times, ya its a remake but its one that he hasnt touched and could be good. I know we are talking remakes of games but ya that would be a movie that would be nice to see redone. As for games I could take them or leave them. I think the only star wars game I enjoyed was KOTOR on xbox, pod racer was okay too.
TWeaK 18th September 2009, 23:16 Quote
FYI for anyone who gets this far down, SoMI SE is half price on Steam this weekend!
gavomatic57 20th September 2009, 19:42 Quote
A remake of Monkey Island 2 in the style of SoMI SE would be nice...
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