LucasArts Planning Many More Retro Remakes, Re-releasing Jedi Knight Next Week

By Chris Faylor, Sep 11, 2009 9:30am PDT With LucasArts' recent remake of Monkey Island having "surpassed all of our expectations," studio president Darrell Rodriguez has now confirmed that "we plan to do much more of this, both on Steam and iPhone and other platforms in the future."

The revelation came during a GameTrailers TV interview, which also saw the LucasArts president speak on reissuing the Jedi Knight games and the potential of new entries in classic franchises, such as Grim Fandango and Indiana Jones.

"Jedi Knight series is coming next week as well," Rodriguez said of the old Star Wars-based PC shooter/saber-swinging franchise. Just before the Monkey Island remake hit, LucasArts began re-releasing vintage titles for use on modern systems.

As for new entries in beloved franchises like Grim Fandango or Indiana Jones, Rodriguez noted that the company has "absolutely" thought of such things.

"One of the great opportunities working here is to be able to meet some of the legends--to meet Tim Schafer (Full Throttle, Grim Fandango), to meet Larry Holland (X-Wing, TIE Fighter), to meet [Dave] Grossman (Day of the Tentacle) or Ron Gilbert (The Secret of Monkey Island)," he teased. "Wouldn't it be great to work with them on new things?"

"We're really excited about getting back to the heritage and the halcyon days of LucasArts," Rodriguez added. "When people couldn't wait for a LucasArts title to come out--games based on story and on character."

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  • God look at all the positive comments/raves in here for the JK series. If I was a smart developer (hello Lucasarts!) i'd be just outright starting by remaking JK1 & 2 (ie merging them into one title) , doing a complete graphics overhaul and modernising it - think QWTF-> TF2, then releasing it for a half price title. Surely it couldnt take that much resources - considering the original games are already there - and you've basically got guaranteed megasales (hello monkey island re-release.)

    I too loved those old FPS games, they certainly dont make em like they used to :(

    An updated Xwing , Xwing vs Tie Fighter, Tie Fighter or Xwing Alliance would totally float my boat too.

    Goddamn the star wars universe has such potential for awesome - why cant they realise that those old games nailed it while all the new ones they attempt are just buckets of vomit.