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October 2003



VU Games has now officially announced Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude. The game will be coming to PC, Xbox and PS2 sometime late 2004. As reported earlier, the gameplay will be a mix of adventure and Grand Theft Auto 3-style free roaming.

Unlike the previous installments of the series, Magna Cum Laude will not feature Larry Laffer as the main protagonist. Instead, it tells the coming of age story about his nephew Larry Lovage. In Magna Cum Laude, Lovage starts as a pathetic loser enrolled at Community College who spends most of his time in his dorm room, or on campus striking out with women. After hearing about a reality TV dating show visiting his college campus, he resolves to revitalize his life and win. Over the course of the game, Larry sets out on an epic search for love (or its equivalent) and finds that things don't always go as planned. Although the story clearly focuses on Larry Lovage, Adam Khan of VU Games confirmed on that Larry Sr. will make an appearance in the game.

"Inspired by films like American Pie and There's Something About Mary, the game is packed full of outrageous humor and raucous game-play," says Philip O'Neil, the SVP Sales & Marketing of Vivendi Universal Games. "We have captured the distinctive style and feel of the original series, while taking the humor and visuals to a level that hasn't been seen before. With all these ingredients combined we are sure it will please old and new fans alike."

The game is being developed by High Voltage Software, the studio previously responsible for titles such as NBA Inside Drive 2003, Haunted Mansion, Hunter: The Reckoning - Redeemer and Hunter: The Reckoning – Wayward. Only this one screenshot on the right has been released, showing some sort of scientific drink mixing mini-game (we assume).

Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude is the subject of a cover story in Computer Games Magazine and a feature story in Game Informer's December 2003 issue, both available on newsstands nationwide in early November.

Update: there's now also a short video trailer on Sierra's website. Since the montage of in-game footage flashes by pretty fast, we've taken some screengrabs which you can view in this gallery.

Update 2: GameSpot has two more screenshots.



Michel Bams, Olivier Fontenay, Jean-Philippe Messian and Benoît Sokal have co-founded White Birds Productions, a new company focusing on the development of adventure games. The company also intends to bring the universes it creates to other media, such as audiovisual, cartoon publishing and merchandising.

Benoît Sokal is the creator and art director of Amerzone, Syberia and Syberia II. He has worked with Microïds as an external contractor, so his new company won't necesserily change the way both parties work together. Microïds spokesperson Cedric Orvoine says that Benoît's job on Syberia II is "pretty much done".

White Birds Productions holds three original scenarios from Benoît Sokal, each of them being adaptable to video games as well as other media. One of these scenarios is under discussion with undisclosed parties.

The co-founders of the Paris-based White Birds Productions have been working with each other for many years. Olivier Fontenay was producer on Syberia, Post Mortem and Road to India for Microïds Canada, while Michel Bams was responsible for the marketing of Syberia and Post Mortem.



Synthetix Interactive has sent us two impressive screenshots of their (Still) Unnamed Project Joe, representing a new direction the team taken for the artwork. The game stars the titular Joe as a low-life bar owner, whose establishment becomes target of the local maffia.

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Unnamed Project Joe is an independent student-based project, though Synthetix has been looking into lining up with a publisher. Nothing has been signed yet, but what we've seen so far looks very promising. More information can be found at the official website.



Razbor Studios, the developers of Legacy: Dark Shadows, has announced that their upcoming point & click'er has been postponed to Q1 2004. To make up for this, we have posted a pack of new screenshots from the game.

Be sure to follow Adventure Gamer's as we will publish an interview with the designers soon.



Ubi Soft has released a demo of their upcoming adventure In Memoriam. The demo lets you play a part of the first level, and gives you limited access to the game's functionalities. Download the demo from Gamer's Hell.

In your quest to track a serial killer, you will have to use e-mail, the internet and movie footage. With over 40 puzzles to be solved, this upcoming "internet thriller" might prove an interesting experience. Watch Adventure Gamers as we will bring you more info on the game, as they come available.



Gamer's Hell has reviewed Law & Order II: Double or nothing, calling it "a must have for every self-respecting Law and Order fan". Check it out here.



Got Game Entertainment, LLC has just released a patch to update Rhem. The patch fixes a few glitches, including installing a start menu shortcut and ironing out a .dll error. Download the patch from Gamer's Hell.

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