At the late German hour, but at prime American time, there was news on Friday that made the heart of nostalgic people beat faster. There was a surprising announcement on a podcast by Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb and Tim Schafer, Studio Boss of Double Fine Studios.
On October 29th, the Xbox Game Pass will be expanded to include three LucasArts classics:
It’s official! Our classic LucasArts adventure game remasters of Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle, and Grim Fandango are coming October 29 to Xbox Game Pass members!
Travel through time, cruise the open road, or solve mysteries in the Land of the Dead. All on Game Pass! pic.twitter.com/C0VyvE9Dvu
— Double Fine (@DoubleFine) October 16, 2020
While Full Throttle appeared as a graphic adventure with us under the title “Vollgas” in the mid 90s, Day of the Tentacle and Grim Reaper as modern classics for Amiga and PC gamers over the age of 40 need no further description.
Anyone who now thinks that these former computer games are only supplies for the Xbox Game Pass for PC will be pleasantly surprised again. The games appear for Xbox, Windows 10 PC and Android!
It is interesting that Double Fine holds the rights and the games are now published by Microsoft. The games were developed and published on behalf of LucasArts at the time, but LucasArts was transferred to Disney when Lucasfilm (Star Wars) was sold.
Apparently Tim Schafer cleverly kept the rights to the titles, which is now the exception rather than the rule.
The best-known example from more recent times is Ryse – Son of Rome, which was developed exclusively for the launch of the Xbox One by Crytek and Microsoft tried to acquire the license rights during the development of the sequel and the rights have been suspended with Crytek ever since.