Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Game Announcement Celebrates Towel Day

By Pete Haas 2011-05-25 13:42:31 discussion comments
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Penny Arcade Adventures and DeathSpank developer Hothead Games is planning another comedic project. Today they announced they're making a game based on the sci-fi humor series Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.

"Hail people of Earth! Megadodo Publications is pleased to announce that we are working with the interactive entertainment development team Hothead Games to bring The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the standard repository for all knowledge and wisdom, to the farthest uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy," reads an announcement on a new teaser site. "This new edition of The Guide will be available not only on your planet but also on all nearby systems including Alpha Centauri."

Hitchhiker's Guide was a radio series (later turned into novels) that followed Arthur Dent, an Earthling thrust into an intergalactic journey. He regularly consults the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, an electronic compilation of the galaxy's collected knowledge. The Guide was published by Megadodo Publications, the fictional company mentioned in the above announcement.

Why announce the game - presumably titled The New Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - today? Well, May 25th happens to be Towel Day. Fans of the series are supposed to carry around a towel all day, as it's the "most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have." Towel Day a tradition that dates back to 2001, the year that Guide author Douglas Adams passed away.

“We’re super excited to be involved with such a legendary creation as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The quirky and hilarious universe that Douglas Adams created became an instant classic for so many. All the hoopiest froods here at Hothead jumped on the chance to work on the project”, said Hothead Games' Joel DeYoung on the studio's website.
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