Remastered Grim Fandango Won't Be Limited to PS4 and Vita Release

The remastered version of the LucasArts game will make it back to the platform it started on.

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News on the remastered version of Grim Fandango may have come during Sony's E3 press conference, but that doesn't mean it'll be limited to the two Sony platforms--PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita--it was announced for at the time. As it turns out, the remastered game will also be coming to computers.

In conjunction with the latest update on the status of its adventure game Broken Age, Double Fine announced that Grim Fandango will be released for PC, Mac, and Linux in addition to PS4 and Vita. A release date for the remastered version of the game has not yet been announced, but Double Fine says it will be a simultaneous launch across all platforms.

Grim Fandango is a classic adventure game released in 1998 by LucasArts. Double Fine comes into the equation as the company founded by Tim Schafer, who directed the game. Despite being widely acclaimed, it has never been re-released, making it both a challenge to find and difficult to run on modern computers without the use of third-party software. For many, this left piracy as the only option for playing it.

The absence of a re-release wasn't due to a lack of effort on Schafer's part. Asked in a Reddit AMA two years ago if he could convince the Disney-owned LucasArts to make it happen, he responded, "So far, no. I have not been able to. They're busy with the whole space thing they do. With the laser swords and teddy bear monkeys, you know?"

Following the announcement of the remastered version last month, 2 Player Productions, the group producing a documentary on Double Fine's development of Broken Age, released a retrospective video on the game. If nothing else, it deserves a viewing just to see Schafer in 1995. Check it out below.

Have you played Grim Fandango before? What platform do you plan on playing it on? Let us know in the comments.

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Discussion

96 comments
jmanders2002
jmanders2002

This is a very good game! It was awesome when it came out and even though I couldn't afford to buy it at the time I did play the shareware version of it. I have kept up with this game since it first came out and I will definitely get it when they release the remastered version for PC. Really glad to hear they are doing this. It will be a great seller I am sure!!

gkhalifa
gkhalifa

didn't play it, but it looks interesting, would love to play it on my Vita

ako17
ako17

amazing game. unique in every way possible. hope it'll widen the pool of the franchise fans..maybe help to reanimate the genre a bit too.

MontyPython4-r
MontyPython4-r

Doesn't matter, cause I'll be getting it for my Vita (it needs games).

O-Fear
O-Fear

Definitely gonna buy and support the re-make when it's out for PC!
And, I really hope we'll see a prequel for the game.. Manny in the living world! :D

Nightelf123
Nightelf123

i hope they complete some puzzles that has been cut during development time (some puzzles from the last part which is the most easiest part of the game)

Nightelf123
Nightelf123

i finished this game last week. it's a very excellent game the only problem of this game is some unfixed bugs .

jj2112
jj2112

I bought this game when it came out ages ago, and I still hate the puzzle where you had to exit the clearing with the car... I spent ages driving around until I had to read the solution

Artwark
Artwark

Thank god Tim managed to get this game a remake. Wonder if this will come for Nintendo as well......But who cares, this game is awesome!!!!!!



waelse1
waelse1

Great game, can't wait for it's re-release, will probably get the PS4 version.

texasgoldrush
texasgoldrush

woo hoo, greatest gaming narrative of all time

macaque12
macaque12

This is the best news ever for me, I have so much love for Grim Fandango that I could not believe when I heard about it coming back. Definitely getting the game for PC.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

I have a suspicioun they aren't going to RErender the environments. And without that the rerelease worths NOTHING.

coop36
coop36

Thats awesome! I missed out on this game the first time around, and have always wanted to play it since. Now I'll patiently wait for it to show up on GOG or Steam.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Yay, that's great, although not having a PC version would have been terrible, so this is the only tolerable outcome. I'm not generally into adventure games and I've got a massive backlog at GoG of classical RPG's (which is more my cup of claymore), but I'd be willing to give this game a shot, either the original or the remastered version. It's frequently in "best games ever"-lists and though that doesn't mean anyone would enjoy it, I think I would do so.

hermitkiller
hermitkiller

Stop crying hermits, you get yours.

It must piss you of when classic point & click games come to consoles????

It's so very, very wrong XDDD

Just like fighting games are made to pc, ridiculous.

stev69
stev69

Great game glad to see it being remastered and brought to a new generation.

thegroveman
thegroveman

No mention of 1080p in the article?  What a pleasant surprise. 

xcollector
xcollector

Heard the news yesterday via Broken Age Backer Newsletter. 

Freakin awesome that it will be available for all computer OSes WHERE IT BELONGS.

Still have the original Win95 CD-Rom. Won't give it up.

Happy PS4/Vita gamers will get to play it too. Everyone should play this game.

Sucks to be an XBOX1 / WiiU only gamer.

skeetys
skeetys

And this is why Sony is awesome. They paid for this remake to be made and still allow it to be released on PC as well as be console exclusive to Playstation.

tavo000
tavo000

i need this  just tell me when when...?

king_wrecked
king_wrecked

this was such an interesting game.  very lovely, and smart.  mine had some kind of bug and i didn't get very far.  couldn't fix it no matter how many times i reinstalled.  it would be nice to see how the damn thing plays out.

cratecruncher
cratecruncher

"I own Grim Fandango and Full Throttle in every way possible except legally."


Now that's classic.

RedWave247
RedWave247

Well, I figured that was inevitable. Double Fine is pretty good about porting their work from console to PC. They did it with Costume Quest and Stacking. I knew it was a matter of when, not if. It's great that it's sooner than later.

Vojtass
Vojtass

Thank god. Lack of proper PC version would be giant FU to the existing fanbase.

cherublvl99
cherublvl99

Well, less one exclusive to Indiestation 4

Dark_Wr4ith
Dark_Wr4ith

Nice, well I would have got it on vita. But now obviously PC. Can't wait for the remastered version, I still have the original discs for this game. I love this game but it's such a mission to get it to work with modern pcs, had to install XP onto a virtual machine and emulate lower specs to get it to run the last time I wanted to play it.

lonewolf1044
lonewolf1044

I wished I had grabbed Grim back then and so happy it will be available again.

SaudiFury
SaudiFury

probably gonna get this on PS4. but glad other platforms are getting it as well.

skipper847
skipper847

Glad its coming to PC where it was made for originally.

Kyrylo
Kyrylo

RIP sony. You failed. 

digitm64
digitm64

Hope they redo Day of the Tentacle, that one is also worthy of redoing.

fredwv
fredwv

loved this game back in the day.  How bout some Full Throttle as well? ;)

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

First LBP 3, now this? That makes Sony's E3 even worse than I imagined. The only real upcoming PS4 exclusives now are Bloodborne and Uncharted 4...

Nightelf123
Nightelf123

@hermitkiller this game has tank controls. but you can buy a controller to buy fighting games on consoles.

and if this game becomes successful they might make more TRUE adventure games (because at it's original release this game was a failure)

MrMisanthrope
MrMisanthrope

@hermitkiller Name a fighting game that was only announced for PCs and not consoles. Also, you know most controllers and fight-pads are USB, so they work on PCs, right? You don't have to play Street Fighter on a keyboard.

MrMisanthrope
MrMisanthrope

@skeetys As opposed to No Man's Sky and Everybody's Gone To Rapture, which were in development for PCs until Sony swooped in, invested, and locked up exclusivity. So maybe they're not quite as awesome as their PR department likes you to think.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@skeetys But generally, Microsoft are better at allowing PC ports for Xbox-exclusive games.

Nightelf123
Nightelf123

@king_wrecked i also stucked in some part of the game (there was an elevator which you should have this ability to go in there but there was an invisible wall keeping me from entering) but i finally defeated this bug and finished this game.

RedWave247
RedWave247

@Vojtass The existing fanbase understands that even previous console-exclusive games eventually came out for PC.

xantufrog
xantufrog

You're an @ss - you're fine with the fact it isn't coming out on your Xbox as long as it isn't exclusive to ps4? So petty. Plus, totally illogical, since most Xbox games are available on PC as well, yet they count as exclusives "against Sony". Don't give me all the " ms ecosystem " cr@p... either you can play it on your console or you can't. That's what a sane console gamer should care about

Halloll
Halloll

@digitm64 well if they never release it then Japan got you covered though  their games are in the same exact category.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper


@Tiwill44   Why does it matter though...?  If you've got the system you can still play the games on it,  there's no reason exclusivity would make it more enjoyable...

Pro-Aktivity
Pro-Aktivity

@Tiwill44 When MS or Sony say exclusives, they usually mean console exclusives. They don't really count the pc as a competitor.

Vojtass
Vojtass

@RedWave247 @Vojtass There are no really certain things in this biz. It's especially true when it comes to big corporations.

cherublvl99
cherublvl99

@Acillatem1993 @Tiwill44 They said it will be at the conference, they were reading some letters from the fans and then one letter popped up, the guy was saying that he would like to play some old adventure games that he never had the chance of playing, then they said "so now we announce, exclusively for PS4 and Vita, a complete remake of Grim Fandango", well, that's what I heard.

MHzBurglar
MHzBurglar

@cherublvl99 @Acillatem1993 @Tiwill44

As I recall, Double Fine never said it was exclusive, and when Tim Shafer was asked about other versions on Twitter, he said something to the effect of "Talk about other platforms soon! Sony's been a great help making this happen & we're excited to be working with them on the console version!"


What I got from that at the time was that Sony put some money into this project, so they get first reveal rights at E3, despite the game not being exclusive to their systems.