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Sony announces 'Grim Fandango' HD remake for PS4 and Vita

An autographed box of Grim Fandango
Photo of box taken by Patrick Arellano

An unprecedented announcement at E3 that no one saw coming: Sony, Disney, and Double Fine Studios are all collaborating on an HD remake of Tim Schafer's classic, Grim Fandango to be released on PS4 and Vita.

Grim Fandango is considered to be one of the most critically acclaimed and beloved commercial failures in gaming. The game was a film noir style crime tale set in the afterlife starring Manny Calavera: the Travel Agent of the Dead. The game was unique for its Mexican Día de Muertos art direction and homages to classic film noir films such as Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, and The Third Man.

Grim Fandango was released by LucasArts in 1998 to rave reviews. Unfortunately, in spite of the many glowing recommendations from respected publications, Grim Fandango failed to move units. To give an indication on how much of a commercial flop it was: LucasArts only released one Adventure Game in 2001 before cancelling all future Adventure projects and laying off their entire Adventure Gaming staff. Long before the layoffs, Tim Schafer left LucasArts to form his own company, Double Fine Productions. LucasArts retained the rights to Grim Fandango.

On December 21, 2012, Disney aquired the rights to all Lucasfilm properties, and on April 2013, Disney shut down LucasArts. This made the possiblility of any future installments, re-releases, or remakes of classic LucasArts Adventure Games highly unlikely.

Nowadays, the only way to get Grim Fandango would be to either buy a rare copy on shopping sites like eBay for a high price or pirating it. If that's not bad enough, getting it to run on modern computers can be an absolute nightmare. These factors make Grim Fandango a game that is virtually lost in the mists of time. Until now.

With the rise of the Adventure Game genre and the recent massive success with Tim Schafer's Kickstarter funded project Broken Age, it seems appropriate that one of his most beloved projects be introduced to an entire new generation of gamers with a brand new HD shine. Gracias. Muchisimas gracias.

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