Grim Fandango is, without argument, one of the best and most significant adventure games ever made. Tim Schafer directed the game's development as a member of the esteemed team at LucasArts that made so many of those oh-so-significant adventure games of the time. Sadly, many of those gaming experiences have been lost in time due to technology, well, passing Grim Fandango by. It simply isn't easy to get running on modern computers.
Not anymore, however, as Sony revealed today during their PlayStation at E3 2014 press conference that Grim Fandango is being remastered for the modern era. More than that, it's being remastered for the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita, which is kind of mind-boggling when you think about it:
@TimOfLegend) June 10, 2014
Yes, through some liicensing miracle, Double Fine has been granted permission to rework the game with the blessing of license owner Disney Interactive. LucasArts and PlayStation will look on proudly.
What about PC gamers, however? It doesn't seem right that that core audience, the ones who have been fighting for Grim Fandango to return for over a decade, to be left in the cold, right? Tim Schafter slyly has news for PC gamers too:
Talk about other platforms soon! Sony's been a great help making this happen & we're excited to be working with them on the console version!— Tim Schafer (@TimOfLegend) June 10, 2014
What's Tim is cleverly saying here is that he's contractually obligated not to say that Grim Fandango is coming to any other platforms but Sony right now. It's a rather common thing these days, as Sony loves to capitalize on funding indies and claiming they're exclusive, when really they're only console exclusive to the PS4. They still end up going to the PC too. I believe that to also be the case for Grim Fandango.
Hopefully Tim Schafer and Double Fine will have more information on Grim Fandango's remake soon. Especially how he plans to make all those crazy adventure game commands work on the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. Expect to hear information on other platforms (even Xbox), down the line too.