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LucasArts Is Resurrecting Big Time PDF Print E-mail
Written by Starfox   
Tuesday, 07 July 2009 04:28
LucasArts and Valve announced a partnership yesterday for the digital distribution of an host of LucasArts titles. Nothing really exceptional (well aside the fact that usually LucasArts doesn't do this kind of deal) however the weird part about it is in the titles that will be distributed. You'll be able to find some fairly recent games like Star Wars Republic Commando along side some really dated titles like The Dig (that would be more fitting on another digital distribution service like GOG.com considering that this is a good and pretty *old* DOS game) or Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis dating back to 1992.

It's hard to imagine exactly the strategy of LucasArts there. A number of these titles would have been more comfortable elsewhere than on Steam (although that might still be a possibility, I doubt it). Considering that nothing indicates that these old titles have been ported to new Windows standards, this means they will have to rely on emulators like DOSbox to run but they will still have a DRM attached to them thanks to Steam (which is funny since DOS titles like The Dig didn't have any form of DRM).

This effort is going to make it possible to introduce a whole new generation of gamers to LucasArts’ classic games,” said Darrell Rodriguez, president of LucasArts. “It also gives more people a chance to play our games by making them available long after they’ve disappeared from store shelves. We hope our fans are as excited as we are about our plans and we can’t wait to share what’s coming next. This is just the beginning.

Is Steam really the best choice for that effort considering how old some of these titles are? Well, it is a choice LucasArts made at any rate.

Anyway, the most interesting part of the announcement is probably the release date of The Secret Of Monkey Island: Special Edition that marks the resurrection of the Monkey Island franchise. The date is July 15 for PC and XBox 360 and that was probably the whole point of the announcement anyway: drawing the attention to one particular event.

The list of the first batch of LucasArts games coming to Steam:

• Armed and Dangerous™
• Indiana Jones® and the Fate of Atlantis
• Indiana Jones® and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure
• LEGO® Indiana Jones: The Original Adventure
• Star Wars Battlefront® II
• Star Wars Republic Commando®
• Star Wars Starfighter™
• The Dig®
• Thrillville®: Off the Rails™

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