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Grim Fandango Will Be Reaping Its Way Onto Linux!
Posted , 10 July 2014 at 5:07 am UTC / 6949 views
One month ago today, Sony dropped what was (for most) the most unexpected news to come out of E3. In partnership with Double Fine, the highly lauded cult classic adventure game Grim Fandango would be getting an "exclusive" re-release on PlayStation 4 and Playstation Vita.



At the same time as the announcement, Tim Schafer (original creator of Grim Fandango and founder of Double Fine) tweeted clarification that this updated version of the game would also be launching on "other platforms" to be announced soon, quelling some of the distraught outrage at the insinuation that Grim would not be returning to its original home on PCs.

Those "other platforms" have turned out to include a Linux alongside Mac and Windows, which will all be getting a simultaneous release alongside the Sony platforms.

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For anybody unfamiliar with the game, Grim Fandango is a dark, noir styled comedy, influenced heavily by Día de Muertos, telling the tale of Department of Death travel agent Manuel Calavera, who becomes embroiled in a conspiracy as he attempts to save an innocent traveler from a dangerous journey across the Land of the Dead.

This re-release signals the first signs of older LucasArts IP being given proper attention since Darrell Rodriguez (responsible for the special Editions of the first two Monkey Island games) left in 2010, and offers hope that Disney (who own the now defunct studio's intellectual property) might be willing to negotiate giving some other much loved classics the opportunity to be experienced again.

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Grim Fandango is currently playable on Linux via ResidualVM (a cousin of ScummVM), which attempts to natively implement the GrimE engine (and also has a point-and-click mod available), but unfortunately, new copies of Grim Fandango can not currently be purchased.

Below is a retrospective video looking at the game's history, towards the end of which, Tim mentions that they are hoping to work with the communities which have been keeping Grim Fandango alive over the past 16 years to incorporate some of those efforts, continuing Double Fine's trend of increasing community focus, and giving recognition to a decade and a half's worth of passion, hard work and love.



There is currently no release date set for Grim Fandango's re-release, though it does appear that work has already begun. Today's news post on the Double Fine website has this to offer:
QuoteBut hopefully, after all those years of patience, you can hold out just a BIT longer.

¡Viva la Revolución!

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Cimeryd commented on 10 July 2014 at 8:04 am UTC
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For once I can't see a backside. This is just pure great!

For once I can't see a backside. This is just pure great! :D
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Faugn commented on 10 July 2014 at 9:27 am UTC

I only ever played the demo, so I'm really looking forward to play the full game for the first time!

I only ever played the demo, so I'm really looking forward to play the full game for the first time!
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keiki commented on 10 July 2014 at 10:15 am UTC
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I'm thrilled. I played some of his games but somehow Grim Fandango didn't make it in the past. If it's a similar re-brush like Monkey Island then this will be gorgeous.

I'm thrilled. I played some of his games but somehow Grim Fandango didn't make it in the past. If it's a similar re-brush like Monkey Island then this will be gorgeous.
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edgley commented on 10 July 2014 at 10:23 am UTC

I brought a Magazine back in the day (98 / 99?) that was dedicated to their "top 10" games, with a full walkthrough for each one. It even included a demo CD that had each of them on it. It was one of the first gaming magazines I brought and really got me in to the scene. Grim Fandango was number 4 on this list (I think) and aside from Half-Life, my personal favorite. I brought the full game a few weeks later after running the demo several times over.

This is fantastic news

Also, if anyone else can remember that magazine and knows the name, I'd be grateful! I believe Tomb Raider 2/3 was on the list as well.

I brought a Magazine back in the day (98 / 99?) that was dedicated to their "top 10" games, with a full walkthrough for each one. It even included a demo CD that had each of them on it. It was one of the first gaming magazines I brought and really got me in to the scene. Grim Fandango was number 4 on this list (I think) and aside from Half-Life, my personal favorite. I brought the full game a few weeks later after running the demo several times over. This is fantastic news :) Also, if anyone else can remember that magazine and knows the name, I'd be grateful! I believe Tomb Raider 2/3 was on the list as well.
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nll_a commented on 10 July 2014 at 11:59 am UTC

I almost bought the original one several times back in the 90's, but I never did, so I've never played it. (I never got to play Monkey Island either -- I know, it beats me too! Here's hoping for its devs to penguin up!)

Now I'm so excited! Yay for more adventures on Linux!

Thank you Double Fine!

I almost bought the original one several times back in the 90's, but I never did, so I've never played it. (I never got to play Monkey Island either -- I know, it beats me too! Here's hoping for its devs to penguin up!) Now I'm so excited! Yay for more adventures on Linux! Thank you Double Fine!
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wleoncio commented on 10 July 2014 at 12:04 pm UTC

That's great news! I'm a fan of the genre but never played Grim Fandango because my computer wouldn't run it at the time. I'm definitely buying this.

That's great news! I'm a fan of the genre but never played Grim Fandango because my computer wouldn't run it at the time. I'm definitely buying this.
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km3k commented on 10 July 2014 at 12:21 pm UTC

Can't wait! Grim Fandango is one of my favorite games. I should replay it in ResidualVM again. It's been a few years since I played through all the way.

Can't wait! Grim Fandango is one of my favorite games. I should replay it in ResidualVM again. It's been a few years since I played through all the way.
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Robert commented on 10 July 2014 at 12:39 pm UTC

Does ResidualVM work as awesome as ScummVM? I read about it time ago and was planning to recover the CDs from my parent's house, but I didn't yet.

Your high expectations won't be disappointed! Grim Fandango is Tim's best artwork... after Brütal Legend, of course.

Does ResidualVM work as awesome as ScummVM? I read about it time ago and was planning to recover the CDs from my parent's house, but I didn't yet. Your high expectations won't be disappointed! Grim Fandango is Tim's best artwork... after Brütal Legend, of course.
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Cheeseness commented on 10 July 2014 at 12:42 pm UTC

RobertDoes ResidualVM work as awesome as ScummVM?

Yup, it should do! It's a little younger than ScummVM, but it's playable. IIRC, my last playthrough of the game was done using ResidualVM.

[quote=Robert]Does ResidualVM work as awesome as ScummVM?[/quote] Yup, it should do! It's a little younger than ScummVM, but it's playable. IIRC, my last playthrough of the game was done using ResidualVM.
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