In an out-of-nowhere but definitely delightful announcement during their E3 press conference, Sony confirmed that veteran developer Tim Schafer, currently working at his indie company Double Fine, is underway on a next-gen remaster of one his most beloved titles from his time at LucasArts. That being the 1998 adventure classic Grim Fandango.
The original title, which marked the now-defunct publisher’s first foray into 3D polygonal gaming, was a stylish, well-written, and fun journey through a unique take on the “Land of the Dead” concept, following former Grim Reaper Manuel “Manny” Calavera on an epic four-year adventure through various locales.
It’s currently a bit unclear whether this will be a full-on remake or a more straightforward port of the PC original, but if things play out right (which, with Schafer returning to the helm, they hopefully will), players who have never touched Grim Fandango before are in for a real treat. It’s easily my favorite point-and-click-styled adventure game of all time, and judging by the audible audience reaction to the announcement in the video below, there are a lot of gamers with similar opinions and memories.
No media or release window for the Grim Fandango re-release have been revealed yet, but we will keep you updated as more news is announced.