Another classic LucasArts adventure is getting modernized.
Double Fine Productions has announced that they are developing a remastered edition of Day of the Tentacle, the 1993 adventure game from LucasArts, with an anticipated release early in 2016. The game, currently slated for release on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PC and Mac, was shown to the public for the first time this past weekend at IndieCade.
Reports from the show indicate that the new edition will feature more than just a graphical overhaul, though screenshots released by Double Fine do show faithfully redrawn characters and environments. The game's interface has been updated from the "verb bar" system in the original to a more contemporary one derived from Broken Age and the recent remaster of Grim Fandango. Players can have the original experience if they like too, or mix and match elements (like playing with the new visuals using the old interface, or old graphics with new interface).
Audio has been polished also, with the team pulling the original tapes of vocal performances out of storage and re-editing them to be enjoyed in their full, uncompressed glory.
It has also been confirmed that the well-known easter egg containing the complete, original Maniac Mansion game to which Day of the Tentacle is a direct sequel, will still be present (though not updated itself).
Maniac Mansion holds a special place in my heart, being the first game I can remember becoming a full-blown obsession in my youth, and its sequel remains among the most clever, funny adventures I've played. When I first heard about the remaster, it didn't seem necessary in the slightest but, I have to admit, they've drawn some pretty pictures here.