Replay Games is making the world safe for cheap jokes and even cheaper polyester double-knits. The Austin, Texas-based company has acquired the rights to the 1987 franchise Leisure Suit Larry and is working with the franchise’s original creator Al Lowe to bring the lovable loser to all platforms, including PC, Mac, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, Steam, On-Live and Gaikai, along with mobile platforms iOS and Android, and all major affiliate portals.
Often described as the world’s least successful lover, Larry and his sophomorically funny adventures were a hit nearly 25 years ago, fading when the franchise dwindled in quality and audience after the cult appeal of Leisure Suit Larry 4: The Missing Floppies. The new generation of Larry games will be developed by Tel-aviv, Israel-based Adventure Mob and published worldwide by Replay Games.
Replay Games said it intends to release HD versions of the past titles in addition to reimagining and reinventing for new games, with Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, a reworking of the first game in the franchise, becoming available in Q4 2012 or, to quote the company, “as soon as it’s suitably awesome!”
Paul Trowe, founder and CEO of Replay Games, has known Al Lowe since they were affiliated with Larry’s original publisher Sierra On-Line, and he said he has been working to acquire the original Sierra properties for over ten years. “I can’t even begin to explain how thrilled I am to announce we’re letting Larry breathe the fresh air of freedom once more and releasing him from the clutches of corporate America,” he said. “Al and I are working very closely on this, to make sure every Larry game is the best. The remake of the original Leisure Suit Larry is going to kick so much ass, the entire world will have to play it standing up. And buy new pants. And a cushion. Seriously, we’re really excited about this.”