Back in 2004, a company called High Voltage Software released Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude, the game that was supposed to bring the classic Sierra franchise back to the fore. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out. The game was panned by—this is true—literally everyone (even GameCola, who voted it as “Most Disappointing” in the year-end awards despite the fact that it was technically an adventure game). Besides the 2009 Box Office Bust (which is exactly what it was) and the kind-of hilarious MMO version of the original, poor Larry hasn’t been seen since.
UNTIL NOW! Replay Games—who I can’t confirm yet isn’t just Telltale Games wearing a mask—announced plans today to give it another go. They’ve got a remake of the original Leisure Suit Larry in the works (for, according to EGM, every platform they can get it to work on), and if that sells well, they just might remake the others, too.
They’ve contracted series creator Al Lowe to help in this endeavor (which means he can’t complain about it this time), and they’re considering making brand-new games, as well. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. For now, let’s just get excited about the coming remake, and try to figure out how they’re going to make a text adventure work on a console. (My vote is for Kinect-enabled voice control. Then again, that’s always my vote.)