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Double Fine Productions is remastering the original Day of the Tentacle, the point-and-click adventure game that LucasArts published way back in the early 1990s. The game was originally designed by Tim Schafer and Dave Grossman, and they're back to revive this classic adventure.
The news was originally made over on the official Double Fine forums, where it was announced that Day of the Tentacle: Remastered was not only being unveiled for the very first time, but it would also be playable at the PlayStation booth during the IndieCade weekend.
The game features an HD do-over of the graphics and audio, giving gamers a high-definition experience from this classic point-and-click sequel that came out after Schafer's previous LucasArts outing, Maniac Mansion.
The update for the older title won't be drastically different from the original, it's mostly just an aesthetic overhaul to give the game a bit of beautification for today's standard of gaming. According to an article on Eurogamer they're also adding in commentary tracks so gamers can get a behind-the-scenes audio walkthrough with Tim Schafer, Dave Grossman, Larry Ahern, Peter Chan, Peter McConnell and Clint Bajakian – each adding their own explanations and insight into the design and development of this favored point-and-click adventure game from a bygone era.
A lot of new-school gamers may not remember or even know what Day of the Tentacle is. It's the successor to Maniac Mansion mostly in themes but not necessarily in design. The original game had a cumbersome control scheme with a lot of different buttons and interactivity options, which made it difficult for some gamers to grasp how to interact with some aspects of the game's environments. The developers simplified the controls and UI down a lot in the sequel, as well as cut out the player choice to pick the characters they wanted to play as. In the original it was possible to choose three different characters, each one having their own unique abilities and skills – although Bernard was always a must to have on the team. In the sequel the game had a standard cast of three unlikely nerds who would be tasked with traveling through time to save the world from the same tentacles that were featured in the first game (although as background villains instead of as the main villains).
The upcoming remastered edition of the point-and-click adventure title will be designed to run on the PlayStation Vita, the PC, Mac and the PlayStation 4. According to Eurogamer the game will offer cross-buy support between the PS4 and the PS Vita.
While Double Fine has encountered some financial hiccups with their Kickstarter project, and ran into some troubles with their audience over failing to deliver some of their recent projects in the way that some fans were hoping for, they're attempting to rekindle trust by hammering out a few remastered games before moving on to something new.
They previously released Grim Fandango and now they're about ready to gear up for the re-release of Day of the Tentacle. Gamers can look for the remastered edition to go live via digital distribution in the early part of 2016.