I recently wrote a series of posts about the glorious return of the point-and-click adventure genre of games, which has historically been dominated by LucasArts. Now, it appears that LucasArts may have something equally as exciting in store for us…
LucasArts’ two-pronged attempt to revitalize their classics with The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition and Tales of Monkey Island appears to be a success. As part of a follow-up interview with LucasArts president Darrell Rodriguez about plans for the months ahead, I asked Rodriguez for thoughts on a return of the company’s lauded X-Wing and Tie Fighter flight sim series.
“We don’t have any announcements now, but stay tuned,” said Rodriguez. “We will soon…..”
By the way, that’s his number of dots, not mine. We conducted the interview over e-mail. Five dots is far more mysterious than three dots, so I’m willing to bet I’m onto something here.
Whether it’s a full-on remake ala The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition or an addition to the company’s growing Steam lineup…well, who cares? Either one would be the first acknowledgement of a major part of LucasArts’ legacy in a long, long time.
The last major release in the series was X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter X-Wing Alliance. I missed that one.
X-Wing and TIE Fighter were two of the greatest Star Wars games ever to be released. They were fantastic flight simulators (well, space flight at least) that allowed Star Wars fans to embrace their dreams of piloting iconic spacecraft from the films. And they were fun too.
These games are begging to be remade for the XBox 360 in HD with surround sound. Plus, I already own a flight stick for the 360, which I hope the remakes would support. But I’m clearly getting ahead of the news. It is likely that LucasArts is simply re-releasing these games on Steam, as they recently did with many of their other classic games. But I hope it’s much more than that.Tweet
I will definitely be heading to Target very soon to pick up one of these…
Fans looking to spend some time at the pool or park this summer can look forward to a great new selection of Star Wars inflatables and kites from Jakks Pacific now hitting store shelves!
Available at Target stores in the US and at Walmart Canada are four new inflatable starships and a Death Star beach ball (why has it taken 31 years to get one of these?!):
* Millennium Falcon and Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Starfighter are over three feet long!
* X-wing and Anakin Skywalker’s Jedi Starfighter each measure over five feet long and include a direct-draw water cannon!
* The Artoo inflatable drink server won’t be available until next year, but we couldn’t resist sharing this one early!
I wasn’t totally convinced I was going to buy one of these pool floats until I read that the X-wing has a built-in water cannon. What could be more fun than blasting lizards on my pool screen enclosure with a mounted water cannon?
It’s disappointing to find out that the R2D2 drink server won’t be available until next year, but I suppose floating around on an X-wing is good enough in the meantime.Tweet