Even as Double Fine have set about sorting and sequelising their own colourful catalogue, they’ve been sprucing up the trail of games that led Tim Schafer to the company in the first place – and now the two efforts are meeting in the middle.
While Psychonauts 2 tears up crowdfunded investment platform Fig, Double Fine have announced plans to remaster LucasArts’ biker odyssey Full Throttle – following up similar efforts for Day of the Tentacle and Grim Fandango.
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“Full Throttle Remastered will complete the trilogy of Tim’s games from LucasArts that we’ve been given the chance to restore,” write the studio. “Just like those games, we will make a Remaster with the quality, care and attention to detail that can only come from involving the original creators.”
Double Fine will send in the painters to redo each frame by hand, refitting Full Throttle with high-res backgrounds and animation. Expect higher quality sound and music too, plus concept art, commentary tracks and the like.
Though Full Throttle is one of Schafer’s younger LucasArts efforts, it’s definitely in grave need of revisiting. Some curious coding of the game’s action sequences has seen the pace of its battles increase year on year with the speed of new PCs, leaving its once-breezy first boss event nearly insurmountable.
Full Throttle Remastered will come to PC in 2017. On its release LucasArts were petrified that it would be deemed too short, but in these post-Telltale days its length and lavish animation seem a good fit. What do you reckon?