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Double Fine Productions recently announced that one of the most beloved and probably underrated titles from LucasArts will be remastered for PC and PlayStation platforms. The game? Full Throttle. When will it be released? Well, try 2017 on for size. Yeah... you'll be waiting a while.
Over on the official Double Fine website they announced that Full Throttle, the 1995 point-and-click adventure game based around a futuristic group of bikers, is undergoing a remastered tune-up and they will be completely redoing a lot of the graphics in the game to better reflect today's gaming sensibilities, especially on the graphics front.
According to the post Double Fine Productions will completely redo all the artwork in the original LucasArts game, the backgrounds, and even the animations, which are being completely redone by hand. That's an impressive feat given that the original Full Throttle was already hand drawn and it's practically remaking the game from the ground up. Well, based on the post that's how it comes across.
Double Fine will also be adding higher quality sound and music. This is a very important feature given that the sound in Full Throttle was very important in adding a strong sense of immersion to the game. I also still love that original theme song to the game from Gone Jackals called “Legacy”. It will be pretty cool to hear the song remade and redone in HD for the remaster.
The post further notes that they want to add a lot of extra goodies to the remastered version of Tim Schafer's classic, including additional concept art and commentary tracks from the developers.
It sounds like Full Throttle is getting a full remaster treatment, very similar to Grim Fandango and the recently announced remastered edition of Day of the Tentacle.
I think the one thing that definitely stands out is the fact that they're making this popular point and click game for the PlayStation 4.
One of the things I'm curious about is the fact that the game used a mouse as the main control scheme. Some of the gameplay context interactions relied on positional mouse clicks, so I'm a little curious how they'll handle this for the PlayStation 4.
Even still, this is a great way to reintroduce console and PC gamers of the newer generation to an absolutely timeless classic from back during the golden age of gaming. There were a lot of developers doing a lot of neat things back then during that time. For instance, in the original Full Throttle players took on the role of a biker who gets framed for murder and has to attempt to free the rest of his gang and clear his name. However, the game doesn't just have players finding items and solving puzzles, it also included some really cool driving segments where players had to partake in some Road Rash-style combat. There were a number of other cool segments in the game that really helped flesh it out and give it a strong, diverse adventure game feel.
Once again, you won't be getting your hands on the remastered version of Full Throttle any time soon. The game isn't expected to launch at the earliest in 2017.