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HardcoreGamer previews Duke Grabowski

14 Jul, 2016, 13:28 | Posted by: Jason | Source: HardcoreGamer | Be the first to comment!

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.

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.

LucasArts News

Tim and Dave questioned by other LEC alums in new audio interview

13 Jul, 2016, 19:43 | Posted by: Jason | Source: Dev Game Club | Be the first to comment!

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.

House of Mojo News

Indiana Jones and the Iron Phoenix, exhumed

12 Jul, 2016, 15:48 | Posted by: Jason | Comments: 12

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!

Autumn Moon Entertainment News

Jared Emerson-Johnson scores gig scoring Duke Grabowski

12 Jul, 2016, 13:18 | Posted by: Jason | Source: Kickstarter | Be the first to comment!

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.

Double Fine News

Watch Tim's keynote at Reboot Develop 2016

12 Jul, 2016, 13:05 | Posted by: Jason | Source: Youtube | Be the first to comment!

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?

LucasArts News

Aric Wilmunder shares five more design documents

03 Jul, 2016, 14:51 | Posted by: Jason | Source: Aric's World | Comments: 4

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

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