Double Fine News

Day of the Devs 2016

26 Sep, 2016, 18:22 | Posted by: Jennifer | Comments: 2
It appears that the Day of the Devs lounge that was at the GDC in March isn't the only Day of the Devs event that's being held this year. Double Fine's fourth annual Day of the Devs event is going to be available to the general public soon.

It is a day that is full of gaming fun, from Double Fine and other developers. Plus this year, they are accepting game submissions from the public. The game selection will be locked down in the next few weeks, so if you want to take part, head over to the website now and fill out the form linked at the bottom of the page.

The event takes place this November 5th at The Midway in San Francisco, and, as always, admission is free.

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Adventure News

ScummVM 1.9.0 Testing Is Upon Us

19 Sep, 2016, 19:05 | Posted by: Jennifer | Comments: 10
ScummVM is the project that aims to re-create the engines used in adventure games (and, since this year's Google Summer of Code, role-playing games) so they can be played on systems ranging from Windows, Mac, and Linux to iOS, Android, and even consoles such as Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, and Wii.

Right before a major release they do a public testing phase for new and improved games, which helps them iron out any remaining bugs. This testing cycle includes two new games: Myst (and Myst: Masterpiece Edition) and U.F.O.s (also known as Gnap). There also have been a lot of improvements in the SCI engine as of late, so they are also testing Conquests of the Longbow, Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist, King's Quest V, King's Quest VI, Quest for Glory 1 VGA, Quest for Glory 3, Space Quest 1 VGA, and Space Quest 4. Other games that have seen recent improvements and are undergoing testing include Beneath a Steel Sky, the Commodore-64 version of Maniac Mansion, Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Rose Tattoo, and Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Serrated Scalpel.

So, if you have any of those games, play them through in a daily build of ScummVM on your platform of choice, and report any bugs you find at the new and improved ScummVM bug tracker. Then tell the team about your experience, and any bugs you filed (or if you didn't spot any bugs at all) in this thread on the ScummVM forum.
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Read the press release, if that's your thing, but the point is Bill's newest game is finally upon us. I'm also noticing that some new screenshots have popped up in a few places, so do check those out.

I'll have a review of the first episode in as few as seventeen months, guaranteed.

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As some of you may be aware, there is a fan remake of Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis in production. An hour of livestreamed footage is now up on the game's Facebook page. It will surprise nobody to learn that the developers are finding it difficult to licence the game from the Mouse House. Therefore this may be as close as we all get to actually playing the game.

The first couple of minutes are filmed sideways, so lock in your device-rotate or lay across your desk.

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Here's the link.
The good stuff starts around the 20 minute mark.
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House of Mojo News

PAX East 2016! Read all about it!

21 Aug, 2016, 22:17 | Posted by: Webmonkey | Comments: 4

Jennifer visited PAX East and she wrote about it! Read about the whole thing here.

Mandatory second link.

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Night School, the studio that was founded by Telltale and Disney Alumni, and the developers of Oxenfree, have just released a Mr. Robot game for iOS and Android, courtesy of Telltale Publishing.

It actually looks like it could be something special. See the video linked below for details on the game (or click here to see it directly on YouTube.

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It's not particularly good. Read review if you so wish, and agree and disagree to your own will.
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Josh "Cheeseness" Bush, the man behind the recent port of Double Fine's Day of the Tentacle Remastered to Linux, has posted an excellent retrospective on his experience in porting the game. He has also shared the sourcecode of the Coming Soon app that was live on Steam before the Linux port was released.

Be sure to check it out, if you're a fan of Day of the Tentacle (who here isn't?), as it's quite an informative and interesting read.

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Date: August 2nd. Trailer:

… and while it’s been a while since I’ve read this stuff, I would say I am seeing some echoes from The Long Halloween, which is an excellent read.

I’ll also editorialize and say the graphics, while artistically impressive, might be looking a bit dated, technically speaking. But still! Looks fun.

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Always nice to see this game get some exposure outside of this site, with its global rank of 918,640.

The preview is positive, although I must politely disagree with HardcoreGamer's memory of The Curse of Monkey Island as a "3D game." They also note that we still don't know for sure how many episodes Duke Grabowski will consist of:

The game is poised to be episodic, with the potential for three to five episodes. Why is there a range of chapters? Well, the team obviously would love to bring Duke’s tale to completion, but they simply do not know for certain how much interest there will be in the game post-launch. Right now Duke Grabowski, Mighty Swashbuckler Episode 1 is prepping for launch this fall, and Episode 2 should follow shortly thereafter. Beyond that, though, Duke’s fate is in the hands of players. If a fanbase appears around the series then we’ll be sure to see how many more episodes appear down the line.

We'll see indeed. One unfinished series is enough for this team to have on its resume.

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Double Fine News

Headlander - Story Trailer

14 Jul, 2016, 12:18 | Posted by: Jason | Source: Youtube | Be the first to comment!

Wow, nice. There's something perversely "Space Mountain pre-show in a straitjacket" about this, and I'm on board.

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LucasArts News

The latest design docs from Aric

13 Jul, 2016, 23:58 | Posted by: Jason | Source: Aric's World | Comments: 1

Playing catch-up in the aftermath of the Iron Phoenix madness...Aric Wilmunder made a few other uploads a few days ago. The new design docs are:

- Rebel Assault
- Defenders of Dynatron City (under its original name "Defenders of Dynamo City")
- The Telecommuter (Not a game!)

It looks like he also meant to make Shadows of the Empire available, but that one doesn't appear to be selectable yet. Anyway, find the above and all the rest on Aric's site, as always.

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It's a terrific listen courtesy of the Dev Game Club podcast. Day of the Tentacle is the primary subject, but a broader discussion about adventure games emerges.

What makes the interview particularly worthwhile is that the hosts are Brett Douville and Tim Longo, who worked at LucasArts around the turn of the century, when a developer's assignment was pretty much guaranteed to be a Star Wars title. It's interesting to hear the different perspectives from the four alumni who were involved in different eras and concentrations of the studio. More crucially, Jake gets namechecked.

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Here at Mojo, we’ve always been particularly interested in the near-misses, the might-have-beens, the ones that didn’t make it. After all, we cheekily referred to all the released LucasArts adventure games as “Secret History,” so you can imagine how piqued the cancelled games must get us. And the loss of Indiana Jones and the Iron Phoenix, the would-be follow-up to the seminal Fate of Atlantis, probably registers second only to Sam & Max 2 on the Gnashing-Of-Teeth-O-Meter.

The game isn’t completely unknown, thanks to a comic adaptation, a few stray details and a much-circulated Anson Jew animation of Hitler’s face blowing up. But what this doomed title always lacked in my eyes was a definitive chronicle. And if Mojo wasn't going to do it, who the heck would?

Thus I reached out to all members of the team who were willing to share their memories (oh, and design documents) of the game, from its conception to its collapse. I do believe you’ll find the big honking article I pieced together from the results of minor interest.

Huge thanks go to Aric Wilmunder, who unearthed the materials that made this article possible and offered to time their release with our publication. Remi, as always, bailed me out with the header image. Enjoy!

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That and more is revealed as part of the latest update on the game's progress from Bill. Sound like they're wrapping up on the first episode.

I have confused feelings about this, since I was rather hoping Pedro would be invited back to do the new music, in keeping with tradition. But who the hell can complain about Jared doing the soundtrack to anything? Sounds like some of Pedro's music from Ghost Pirates - which Duke Grabowski is technically a spinoff of - will be reprised to complement Jared's original work.

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Reboot Develop being a game developer conference in Europe. Tim seems to have done an interview on stage for about forty-five minutes, and we noticed the resultant Youtube video a record six days after it was published. Best not to get used to such breathless velocity from us.

Anyway, here's Tim, recorded in rather dubious audio quality. But who the hell am I to judge?

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Day of the Tentacle Remastered is now available on Linux, thanks to the porting efforts of J Bush Productions. It's now live on Steam and the Humble Store.

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He's said he'd keep them coming, and he's delivered. Check out Aric's site to find the list of downloadable LucasArts design docs updated with:

- Labyrinth
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (a very preliminary doc)
- Sam & Max Hit the Road
- The Dig (seems to be for the Falstein version)
- The Curse of Monkey Island

So nevermind your previous Fourth of July weekend plans; it's SCUMM history you need to be honoring.

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Double Fine has been showing off their PS4-exclusive, virtual reality Psychonauts "bridge game" at E3, so a number of previews have been springing up. Let's look at the one on Gamespot, which includes screenshots and a video clip of what appears to be the first five minutes of gameplay. Accompanying the media is an interview with Tim and project leader Chad Dawson.

I think it's really interesting you guys are developing Psychonauts 2 and Rhombus of Ruin simultaneously. I was curious about the extent to which those two have influenced each other, and how you're working on making them fit together, given that Rhombus of Ruin bridges the gap between the first and second full games.

Schafer: The main thing is that I've had a storyline for the whole experience in my head for ten years. Before Psychonauts had finished, I had this whole idea for what would happen in Psychonauts as Raz is delving into his past, his family, and the curse, and all these things. So in my head, it's one long, continuous story, and I'm working on both projects so I am able to make sure they all flow well together. But within that story structure, the Rhombus team can do things that make sense for VR and have it be really different in that way but still plug in the story beats.

Dawson: From a tech and visual development point of view, it's also been very useful for us. Rhombus of Ruin is coming out before Psychonauts 2, so obviously it accelerates our development to try to get that out. Seeing what the characters look like brought up to a modern engine with modern rendering, physically-based lighting, and subsurface scattering on their faces. Psychonauts 1 came out in, what was it? 2005? So obviously tech has improved a lot since then. We're using Unreal 4 Engine now as a studio, for both projects. With this game, we're pushing our character look development. That's been a great push for both projects, with our animation team and character team. Tech-wise getting us up and running. This is our first Unreal 4 project.

Read the rest of the interview here. And may I just say, the game looks great. I love how it opens up right where Psychonauts left off. Shame I don't have a console. But some of you look to be in for a treat.

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The worst version of Psychonauts gets emulated on the PS4 and one can't help but wonder about what could have been… Anyway. Review. It is what it is.
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