Thimbleweed Park-Spiritual Successor to Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island being made


 

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If you played video games back in the 80’s then you might remember the classic point and click game Maniac Mansion. The game was created by Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick and was LucasArts first adventure game and pretty much introduced PC gamers to the world of what would be called “2D Point and Click” adventures. Maniac Mansion was released on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1990.

“It’s like opening a dusty old desk drawer and finding an undiscovered LucasArts adventure game you’ve never played before”.

Maniac Mansion was a huge success taking the computer world by storm and was praised for it’s use of complex puzzles, humor, engaging game-play and compelling story. It gave birth to numerous 2D Point and Click titles like “Monkey Island, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Zak McKracken and others”.

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Now Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick are at it again with a new game called “ThimbleWeed Park” which is supposed to be the spiritual succesor to Manic Mansion. They have started a KickStarter campaign with a pledged goal of $375,000 and only 29 more days to accomplish it. So far their total “as of this writing” is at $109,201. KickStarter rewards include boxed editions, game soundtracks to even having your name placed in Thimbleweed Park’s phone book and actually having it used for puzzle solving!

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So why make a retro 2d Point and Click game?

“Because we miss classic adventures and all their innocence and charm”.

“They were fun and would put a smile on your face. We want to make one of those again and we want to do it right. We don’t want to make a game “inspired by,” or “paying homage to” classic point & click adventures, we want to make a real classic point & click adventure”.

Thimbleweed Park is a game for true lovers of adventure games. This is a Kickstarter for fans who loved Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island, and everything else that made that era great.  It strips away all the cruft built up over the years and is distilled down to what we loved about the genre”.

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Thimbleweed Park” is the curious story of two washed up detectives called in to investigate a dead body found in the river just outside of town. It’s a game where you switch between five playable characters while uncovering the dark, satirical and bizarre world of Thimbleweed Park.

For more game details check out the kickstarter page here.

Thimbleweed Park will be available for digital download on Windows, Mac and Linux and is expected to be released by January 2015.

Sony launches Third Party Production team


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Sony Computer Entertainment America has formed a new publishing group called Third Party Production which will be headed up by former LucasArts lead producer Gio Corsi.

“The Third Party Relations team at PlayStation is well known for developing solid relationships across this industry, and this new group will work closely with our publishing partners to bring their beloved IPs to some new places,” Corsi wrote on the PlayStation Blog.

“Our partners who are currently in production will have us as a resource to strengthen their development process, ensuring quality and consistency on all Third Party projects.”

Its first project is the PlayStation Vita version of Borderlands 2 from Iron Galaxy Studios, and through Twitter Corsi reported he had received “literally hundreds of ideas, thousands of tweets,” from gamers suggesting other titles they’d like to see on PlayStation.

Corsi has been at Sony Computer Entertainment America for three months. Prior to that he spent time at LucasArts, Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, Nexon Publishing North America and Propaganda Games.

 

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Star Wars Ep 7 and the Future of LucasArts


With the recent announcement that Disney has bought out Lucas Film, and is now starting the process to make another installment into Star Wars universe with Episode 7, the Daily Reaction crew of Dan and Seb discuss the future of Lucas Arts, and the Star Wars brand.

Dan: Being a big fan of the original Star Wars movies, it’s hard to know how to feel with the news of the Disney now owning Lucas Film and the rights to the Star Wars IP. Yet, given how the last 3 movies were handled a new owner could actually be the blessing fans needed for the film series to not be systematically ruined by George Lucas himself. Although, the biggest issue is that the new owners are Disney, and Lucas himself is now a significant shareholder in Disney also. So while this could be great news in the realm of possibilities, the reality seems to lean more that we might just see the Star Wars world tailspin out of control even faster.

As both Disney and Lucas have a tendency to market and license their properties to the point where the branding will require it’s own garbage dump, we will be guaranteed to see Star Wars everywhere. For fans and loyalists, this could be a good thing as it has been a few years since we have seen a major Star Wars push, and with the issues LucasArts have been having trying to get a proper Star Wars game to be successful in recent years, a new movie could be a great way to regain the mindshare of the public.

Seb: Ugh, I remember when Star Wars used to be good. Sure, it was always a cash cow, but at least the source material was great. Now it’s rubbish and it’s milked with stuff like Angry Birds Star Wars.

To be fair, however, Disney bought Marvel (they’re really taking over) and they haven’t completely screwed that up. Maybe taking this as far away from Lucas as possible is the best thing they can do, even if he will have some involvement like you said.

But my deeper concern is for the games developers that now take their paychecks from Walt Disney and not George Lucas. Disney isn’t interested in console games, just casual mobile stuff. They had their fingers burned with console titles before, ending up with them firing over 140 people in Brighton and shutting down the great guys at Black Rock Studios. They also shut down Propaganda Games, canceling Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned Action and Turok 2. Meanwhile they’ve bought a lot of casual developers like Tapulous, which works on the Tap Tap series.

That’s not what I want to happen to LucasArts.

Dan:  The question that will really need to be answered will be, just who will be the target audience for this next installment of the Star Wars franchise? This question alone will set the pace for how Disney handles the license across the board, as the tone and feel of the movie will ultimately direct any games or toys released alongside it. The fact that actually gives me a new hope, is that Lucas has said that he is handing Star Wars to a new generation of filmmakers. Hopefully this new blood, who probably have grown up with the original trilogy, will understand the needed direction and become the return of the Jedi we all need, and not another menace.

As far as the Disney empire’s ability to handle games, there is a chance for them to strike back, and regain a footing next gen. As Disney will now also owns LucasArts, they have the ability to push out quality titles from a seasoned development studio, and hopefully they see that and stay out of their way. Even still, much like BioWare’s lost investment on The Old RepublicStar Wars is simply not the giant it used to be, and if Disney doesn’t play their cards right it could turn off a whole new set of fans.

Seb: As much as I’d like to say that I find your lack of faith disturbing, I’ve got a very bad feeling about this. We can hope that someone at Disney suggests a new strategy, but at the moment Disney sees the console market as a piece of junk. They plan to stay on target.

Essentially, if one of LucasArts’ console games underperforms, you can bet your Blue Snaggletooth that that studio will be closed or reassigned to casual pastures. And when that happens, I think millions of voices will suddenly cry out in terror.

Of course, I could be wrong. Someone at Disney could realize how successful LucasArts could be on consoles. 1313 looks promising, a newBattlefront would be incredible, and when Naughty Dog stops makingUncharted, an Indiana Jones game would be perfect to fill that gap.

But this is a boring conversation anyway. Dan, we’re going to have company!

How do you feel Disney will handle the Star Wars brand? Are you looking forward to another entry in the movie franchise? Do you think this will have any effect on 1313? Let us know below, by email, or by sending your best slave Leia cosplay pics to Dan, and your Jabba the Hut pics to Seb

 

Source. Playstationlifestyle