It’s official. After years of rumors, fans of the classic Sierra
adventure series Leisure Suit Larry are finally going to see
a new game.
The game, titled Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude, is
scheduled for release on PC, PS2 and Xbox in late 2004.
Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude
follows Larry Lovage, the nephew of the original Larry. As the name
suggests, this game will take place at a college and will follow the
title character’s pursuit of love...in some form or another.
Beginning in 1987, the Leisure Suit Larry series consisted of 7
games and sold more than 35 million copies.
"For years, gamers worldwide have begged us to create another
Leisure Suit Larry game, so it gives me great pleasure to finally
reveal the new installment in the series,"
said Luc Vanhal, VU Games' North American President & COO.
"Thanks to the hard work of the game's designers at VU Games and
High Voltage Software, Magna Cum Laude will build upon the
popularity of the PC franchise and extend the Leisure Suit Larry
experience to console gamers."
"Inspired by films like American Pie and There's Something About
Mary, the game is packed full of outrageous humor and raucous
game-play," said Philip O'Neil, SVP Sales & Marketing, 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 task of bringing Leisure Suit Larry back
to the gaming world does not fall on the hands of the creator Al
his website, Lowe reveals that he is not involved in this
project, although he has known about it.
“Sierra has had a game under
development for over a year, intended for a release date of late
2004. Magna Cum Laude is a working title.
I learned about the Computer Games
article when I was interviewed for a "sidebar" (a small article that
runs beside a larger article). Obviously, I won't share any of my
comments until their issue hits the streets. Even though the CG
article was written by Josh Mandel, a good friend and my co-designer
on Freddy Pharkas, Frontier Pharmacist, I have not read it and do
not expect to read it until its publish date, which I have heard is
As to the many emails I've received
stating, "They can't do this to you" and "It's your character" etc.
I'd like to say this: my contract with Sierra was for "work for
hire" and all rights to the characters and stories I created
remained the property of Sierra. They have the right to do with
those characters as they wish.
As of today, October 20, 2003, I
have had nothing to do with the game, but, as always, I would still
enjoy working on any Larry game, if Sierra feels I have something to
Instead of Lowe, Vivendi Universal
Games, now the owner of Sierra, has enlisted High Voltage, the
makers of the Hunter: The Reckoning series, to handle
development on this title.
“Our team has been having a lot of
fun bringing Leisure Suit Larry back, but it's a daunting challenge
because we know that - meeting the high expectations are going to be
sky high associated with this license is an exciting challenge,”
said Josh VanVeld, Producer, High Voltage Software, Inc. “We're
confident that Larry will make a huge splash when he comes to
consoles and the PC next Fall.”
Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude
will be the cover story in Computer Games magazine. While this may
seem irrelevant, it is indeed this cover that was leaked on the
Internet last month. As the rumors flew, people weren’t really sure
what to think. This announcement makes it official…Leisure Suit
Larry, much to the dismay and joy of many people, is back.