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More remakes to come from LucasArts

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LucasArts plans more retro remakes
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.
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    I'm hoping that they remake all of their games that didn't have talkies (Maniac Mansion, Zak McKracken, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (although the classic version is on Steam so this one is unlikely :(), and Monkey Island 2). Any other remake would be icing on the cake. :D
  • Am I the only one not completely wowed by this?

    I'm really sick of "living in the past" in terms of LucasArts and Sierra adventures. Constantly re-making the Golden Age without actually pushing ahead with the values that made the golden age actually golden.

    I'll be MUCH happier with a new game that oozes with originality. These games had their chance to shine, and they did so brilliantly, but now it's time to give new ideas a spin.
  • Rather Dashing;199777 said:
    Am I the only one not completely wowed by this?

    I'm really sick of "living in the past" in terms of LucasArts and Sierra adventures. Constantly re-making the Golden Age without actually pushing ahead with the values that made the golden age actually golden.

    I'll be MUCH happier with a new game that oozes with originality. These games had their chance to shine, and they did so brilliantly, but now it's time to give new ideas a spin.
    I think they're warming up to this. They're trying to get people re-acquainted with their legacy, but it seems like part of a longer term plan to revive the Lucas brand as more than just the keepers of Star Wars and Indy.
  • Frogacuda;199786 said:
    I think they're warming up to this. They're trying to get people re-acquainted with their legacy, but it seems like part of a longer term plan to revive the Lucas brand as more than just the keepers of Star Wars and Indy.
    And Thrillville. Don't forget Thrillville!
  • I shall eagerly await Secret of Monkey Island 2 SE and Loom SE....
  • @RD, how can you not be thrilled? You may call it living in the past, but it looks more like they're embracing their past and facing the future. It's not like it takes a whole lot of resources to rerelease their old games. And if it means gaining interest in what they used to do they'll move forward with newer games in the same vein. I think it's brilliant. I just hope it pans out. By the looks of things it seems like LA has seen quite a response to what they've done already and with their plans to do more it's a very exciting prospect indeed.

    And how can you deny people who missed out on these great classics the chance to play them?
  • I am seriously up for a SE of Grim Fandango for the Wii.
  • OriginalGagBonkers;200014 said:
    I am seriously up for a SE of Grim Fandango for the Wii.
    They'd never be able to squeeze it into a small enough file for the Wii's downloadable stuff... it'd have to be a physical release. It'd work really well though.
  • Rather Dashing;199777 said:
    Am I the only one not completely wowed by this?

    I'm really sick of "living in the past" in terms of LucasArts and Sierra adventures. Constantly re-making the Golden Age without actually pushing ahead with the values that made the golden age actually golden.

    I'll be MUCH happier with a new game that oozes with originality. These games had their chance to shine, and they did so brilliantly, but now it's time to give new ideas a spin.
    Of course a new game would be great but it's nice that they're giving some attention to the old games too.
  • guitarsareboring;200024 said:
    They'd never be able to squeeze it into a small enough file for the Wii's downloadable stuff... it'd have to be a physical release. It'd work really well though.
    Who said it had to be for the wiiware? I was talking about a Wii release.
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