One of the most surprising announcements at this year’s E3 was that Grim Fandango is coming to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and other platforms. Developer Double Fine Productions will be in charged of developing the remastered version of the classic PC game, but as of this news article, a release date for the remake hasn’t been confirmed.
For the uninitiated, Grim Fandango is a neo-noir graphic adventure released by Lucas Arts in 1998. The game combines elements from the Mexican folklore, film noir (taking inspiration from Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon) and traditional graphic adventures. Grim Fandango, which had Tim Schafer as a leader, was the first Lucas Arts game to use three-dimensional graphics and while the title was universally acclaimed, it didn’t sell very well.
As a way of illustrating the importance of the game, 2 Player Productions (Minecraft: The Story of Mojang, Penny Arcade: The Series) worked on a short documentary film which I embedded above. Apart from interviewing Tim Schafer, the film includes old interviews, a look at the game’s concept art and music and more.
Now that Double Fine Productions has announced the release of a Grim Fandango remake for PS4 and Vita, they should definitely consider working on Day of the Tentacle Remaster. One step at a time though, one step at a time.