It would appear that The Old Country is going to be a major location in Indy 5, as production is set to move there for much of the month of October. Anyway, that’s what the “Indiana Jones 5 News” Twitter account seems to think, and not being a bigot I should think their alleged intel is as suitable to steal as anyone’s:
After Crystal Skull's Los Angeles based shoot, it would certainly be nice to see Indy traipsing across Mediterranean vistas during his new adventure, even if it turns out to be a bum steer due to Plato’s tenfold error.
When the Germans aren't serving as every other punchline for late comedian and human treasure Norm Macdonald, they're up to making gummy snacks tied in to your favorite Xbox games.
And so they were only doing what their biology insisted when they whipped up this tangy Psychonauts 2 candy. Buy a packet and have it bequeathed to your great grandchildren. It will taste exactly as good when they inherit it as it would now.
Hey, not deploying edible marketing didn't exactly do the original Psychonauts any favors at retail, so you can see the logic here.
That seems about right. With original Willow composer James Horner having passed away in 2015, this was probably the best James for Disney to turn to. He’s not exactly a stranger to the studio, either, though I wonder if he’s cuddly enough with them to insist on the London Symphony Orchestra:
It would appear that since Harrison Ford injured his shoulder back in June, production on the fifth Indiana Jones movie has been on something like total hiatus, with the exception of a much-photographed Glasgow shoot in July which was carried out without the star.
(And if you ask me, the fact that everything ground to a halt to wait for Ford is probably good news. The last thing we needed was for Lucasfilm to try to shoot the majority of this movie in Ford’s absence as part of some sort of ill-conceived, Deepfake experiment from Hell.)
Anywho, here we are three months later: Filming is said to have resumed earlier this week and, seeing as the production had only gotten a few weeks in the can before Ford took on damage, will be going on for several months more, or until the whole production gets hit by a giant meteor. Which is, at this point, not a likelihood I’m prepared to rule out.
Please accept this tweet as proof. Remember that "today" is yesterday. So we're basically ahead of time by Mojo standards.
In addition, it seems that HappyGiant participated in some sort of live chat as part of Sam & Max: This Time It's Virtual's inclusion in the Venice Film Festival. The reference to a "pass" suggests it was probably not open to the public, but it seems inevitable that the stream will turn up at some point. Let us know if when you notice before we do.
Good news everybody. The long rumoured KOTOR remake has been confirmed, but (bad-news, everybody) as-yet only for PS5. PlayStation's CEO Jim Ryan revealed the remake at the Playstation Showcase presentation earlier today. The task has gone to Aspyr, responsible for several other recent LucasArts / LucasFilm Games ports.
The original Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was a groundbreaking and universally praised RPG from Bioware. Initially it was an Xbox exclusive, but eventually made its way to other platforms.
No gameplay footage, or further details on changes were available at time of going to press, sorry Meatbags.
Update: From a tweet (below) and a blog post "...it’s a console exclusive on PlayStation 5 at launch", it appears this remake is also coming for PC, and the PS5 console exclusivity is timed, so you'll likely be able to get it on Xbox (and possibly Switch) after a bit of a wait.
These days, NME – née New Musical Express – is trying to regain its hip “street cred” with the kids, the type currently reserved for the Instagrams and the Mojos of the world. And what better way to do so than to have a chat with Peter McConnell about Psychonauts 2?
The interview is actually quite excellent, with small tidbits like this:
McConnell also mentioned that his undergraduate honours thesis was a cycle of songs about a series of dreams. Hence, the concepts that the world of Psychonauts plays with were undoubtedly of interest to him ahead of his work on the series as a composer.
There’s also some stuff about the Grateful Dead in there which will make elTee question every aspect of his life that has led him to not play Psychonauts.
I also think we missed NME’s Tim Schafer interview, so go read that, too. NME, you might just have what it takes after all.
(But only Mojo has an MP3 of “Brain In A Jar,” from arguably the best level in Psychonauts 2.)
Looks like Jared Emerson-Johnson and his recruits have returned to the studio to beef up the soundtrack for Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space with live instruments and/or new tracks, akin to what was done for the remaster of Sam & Max Save the World. And that’s awesome.
This time there's a boatload of new games supported: Alice: An Interactive Museum, The Crimson Crown: Further Adventures in Transylvania, Crusader: No Remorse, Grim Fandango, L-ZONE, Little Big Adventure, The Longest Journey, Myst III: Exile, Nightlong: Union City Conspiracy, Oo-Topos, Private Eye, Red Comrades Save the Galaxy, Red Comrades 2: For the Great Justice, Spaceship Warlock, Tri-3D-Trial, and Transylvania.It also includes dozens of text adventure games created with Glulxe and hundreds of games created with Adventure Game Studio.
So get out your Grim Fandango discs, download Maniac Mansion Deluxe, or try any of the other hundreds of games that need testing during this testing period and report any issues you find on ScummVM's issue tracker.
Though you may have noticed some recycled tracks from the Telltale games when watching gameplay videos for Sam & Max: This Time It's Virtual, let it be known that Jared Emerson-Johnson supplied a fair amount of totally original score for the game, all of which is now officially available through Bandcamp.
Buy the soundtrack for yourself and ten friends -- why should they be spared the Aquabears theme?
Cartoonist extraordinaire Graham Annable, whose Grickle was adapted into the Puzzle Agent universe, will be releasing his “first ever doodle collection” next month. Here’s the product description:
The first ever Graham Annable Doodle Collection puts on paper a carefully chosen selection of some of the best Graham Annable cartoons to appear on Instagram from the past 6 years of over 2000 illustrations by Mr. Annable. With out-of-control frogs, pug-chefs, alien-dogs, to murdering-muppets, you will not want to miss this opportunity to hold in your hands such a gem of cartooning lunacy. Hurry now while supplies last!
And here’s the pre-order link.
I’m just not sure there’s a more elaborate way to rephrase that. The two Games Of Mojo Import™ will be joining the ranks of Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis and the Monkey Island special editions as part of the September additions to the service.
So if you’ve disgraced yourself by not already owning these games eight times over, this may be your chance to check them out.
Remember earlier this year when the sides for The Curse of Monkey Island voice auditions improbably turned up?
Well, another bottle washed ashore courtesy of the saintly “spielbergfan1”, and therein contained the Grim Fandango audition material. Without further ado, here it is in one of two forms:
Enjoy it however you see fit. We don’t judge.
You've read the only review that matters. Now it's time to buy the game* and play it for yourself. Because you see, it's out.
That bears repeating. Psychonauts 2 is a thing now. It's released; it exists. Go ahead and pinch yourself, because this is really happening.
What's Mojo supposed to cover now? That's tomorrow's problem. Because, again: Psychonauts 2 is released.
*Unless of course you were a Fig backer at the appropriate level, in which case you got a key yesterday, but nobody likes a braggart.
It’s that rare time of year decade, where we put on our review boots in a timely manner and share our less than humble opinions. This time we skewer Psychonauts 2, at least if “skewer” means “love, hug, and cuddle with.”
Don’t get used to this type of timeliness, but today, go read our review. (Spoiler-free, too!)
You wait how long for a jp-30 LEGO based news story, then you get two almost at once? ¬_¬ The world works in mysterious ways.
After a couple of years of no-showing, it seems the LEGO Star Wars Skywalker Saga game from TTGames is to be teased on Wednesday on some stream or whatever.
This will be the first viewing of a LucasArts LucasFilm Games logo on screen since... Star Wars Squadrons?
As we stare down the not so unwelcoming maw of Psychonauts 2, I’m feeling a little wistful about that magical period right before the original Psychonauts came out. Who could forget the (very) short-lived Psychonauts web comic by Scott Campbell hosted on the goofy, Flash-powered Majesco site, or the unspeakable dilemma of whether to go in for the EB Games versus the Gamestop pre-order bonus, or Tim pimping Thrik’s fan site (14:00) on camera, or those voyeuristic glimpses of the boozy wrap party, or the MTV Sharts?
Perhaps the highlight of the victory lap was the launch of the Double Fine Company Store, which sold more than the standard issue cheap schwag – it sold floaty pens.
Alas, the world was simpler then. It was before Double Fine hired on Spaff, who since used his Machiavellian influence to convince Tim to retire the company store and sell out to The Man. In short, you’ll be getting your Psychonauts 2 wares from the Xbox Gear Shop:
Still, there’s some neat merchandise there. And while your credit card is being processed, you’ll want to check out this launch video and Episode 6 of Basic Braining, “Pins and Upgrades”:
There's no time to celebrate the ambush return of jp-30, because Spaff keeps cranking these marketing videos out to ensure that Psychonauts 2 supercedes your own family as a presence in your life. The subject this time: Enemies.
The Censors are back in more variations than before, but Psychonauts 2 will also pit Raz against new mental foes known as Regrets, Doubts, The Judge, Enablers, Bad Moods, Bad Ideas and Panic Attacks. And just what are these hostiles all about? That's where watching this video comes in.