Leisure Suit Larry loungin' with Codemasters

British publisher will release latest lewd adventure game after its abandonment by Activision Blizzard; game will ship for PC and 360 in April, "spring" for PS3.

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If analysts' continued high valuation is any guide, the union between Activision and Vivendi last July was good business. However, the formation of Activision Blizzard wasn't without its casualties, given that several high-profile projects of Vivendi's now-defunct Sierra Entertainment label were left publisher-less by the deal.

The subsequent months saw several ex-Vivendi projects get picked. Atari nabbed Ghostbusters and The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, which it just dated yesterday for April 7. Barring an 11th-hour legal battle, Electronic Arts will publish DoubleFine's Brutal Legend, and Ubisoft was so pleased with World in Conflict: Soviet Assault that it bought its developer, Massive Entertainment.

As 2009 began, one of the few ex-Sierra games that remained unadopted was Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust. However, this week the game appeared on the official site of British publisher Codemasters, complete with screenshots of the various film parodies featured in the game, including Titanic rip-off Bytanic. According to the site, the game will arrive in April on the PC and Xbox 360, and "spring 2009" on the PlayStation 3.

First announced in January 2008, Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust will see players step into the loafers of college student Larry Lovage as he works a summer job at a movie studio run by his uncle, the original Leisure Suit Larry. While there, Larry the younger attempts to uncover the identity of an employee who's threatening to spill the studio's dirt to the tabloids. The open-world sandbox game will also incorporate platforming, racing, and puzzle-solving elements, along with a mode that lets Larry step behind the camera to direct his own movies.

For more information on Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

26 comments
SDMOpFor
SDMOpFor

codemasters are a joke. they havent made a single good game. they stole my 40 dollars on a game that, no lie, DOES NOT WORK it really should be recalled.

UFO2012
UFO2012

It's out now here in Europe.

dubb55
dubb55

LSL is my hero,,,

ElmoKajaky
ElmoKajaky

The last Larry game had its charm, even though it wasn't an Al Lowe game. I can't wait for this one!

fester420
fester420

I can't believe I just read this article. File this one under "Why the **** is this news?"

wahyudil
wahyudil

any thought of remaking the old LSL?

mvlbr
mvlbr

The originals were fun but this one looks like it's going to suck.

gnbfd
gnbfd

I just hope all these games sell REALLY well just so that AB can feel really crappy. They are WAY worse than the old EA and even worse than M$...

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

I wasn't looking forward to Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust anyway

neonblueshadow
neonblueshadow

it'll sell, even if its only because it being one of the few lewd titles in HD. Don't let your own morals or sense limit you into thinking this game will flop =P. As long as they market it right and bring back the humor, it should work. And since its codemasters, I half expect a touch of the dry british humor.

aldrenar47
aldrenar47

Leisure Suit Larry 2 is a classic.... if you've never played it, and you don't mind the (very) old graphics, I'd recommend looking around for it. It's a really funny game.

hg199
hg199

No point in making a LSL game without Al.

mikemaj82
mikemaj82

What they need to do with this game is go all out. In the last LSL game, it seemed like they wanted to make a raunchy game, but didn't cross the line in any aspect. They need to just do it.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Hopefully it'll be an improvement on the last LSL game, though I sincerely doubt it will be. Come to think of it, why don't they make Space Quest and King's Quest games anymore?

necronaux
necronaux

Can't believe this title is still around, and a new version's coming out. If this doesn't kill codemasters, especially in this economy, nothing will.

soulcold
soulcold

Wow they knew the future when games title name was being decidedh, its going to be a bust.

jadefury27
jadefury27

let this franchise die please! it hasn't been funny in years!

INMATEofARKHAM
INMATEofARKHAM

Wow... What's up with this game getting picked up before Wet did?

LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

TruthOpinionSpk. No crap! Codemasters sucks. Dizzy,Robinhood,Kangaroo Jack,America Idol: The Video Game.

gonzalezj1
gonzalezj1

... It may just be me, but I'm not getting the pun in the movie parody title "Bytanic".

joke_man
joke_man

The puns will never end. Here's hoping your immortal...

Elk
Elk

If Al Lowe doesn't do the intro music with his sax then I don't want to know

lucifer3999
lucifer3999

one day...you guys will run out of puns for the headlines and when that day comes, i'll be here...