Grim Fandango, the legendary neo-noir adventure game that LucasArts released back in 1998 for Windows, with Tim Schafer as the game’s project leader, is getting a thorough makeover soon. This classic dark comedy style game made history as the first LucasArts’ adventure to use 3D computer graphics overlaid on pre-rendered backgrounds.
According to DoubleFine Productions, Tim Schaffer’s publishing company established in July 2000 after his departure from LucasArts, the game will be launching next year on January 27 across the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PC, Mac and Linux.
Featuring revamped graphics optimized for today’s high-resolution screens, Grim Fandango Remastered sticks to the original vision. The game takes place in an afterworld called the Land of the Dead, through which recently departed souls must travel before they reach their final destination, the Ninth Underworld.
Like the original Grim Fandango, the Remastered edition has you playing as travel agent Manuel “Manny” Calavera. Your goal: save Mercedes “Meche” Colomar, a newly arrived soul, during her long journey.
You’ll be conversing with other characters to unravel their secrets and examine, collect and use objects correctly to solve puzzles in order to progress throughout the game.
Check out the teaser trailer below.
As you can see for yourself, the forthcoming release includes all the unforgettable characters and the unique combination of film noir and Mexican folklore that made the original utterly successful (it won GameSpot’s Game of the Year award upon launch).
We’ll keep you posted.
In other news, DoubleFine confirmed bringing back Day of the Tentacle, a 1993 sequel to the 1987 graphic adventure game Maniac Mansion, also by LucasArts.
Moreover, Broken Age is coming to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita early next year day and date with the Act 2 PC release. Last but not least, Boneloaf’s Gang Beasts will be joining the PlayStation 4 portfolio alongside its PC release next year.