The developers didn’t want to not celebrate the 30th anniversary of Twinsen (pic: 2.21)
The reboot may have been delayed but the remasters of the first two Little Big Adventure games is still on its way, with a demo due in June.
While the original studio, Adeline Software, has long since passed on, the creators behind action adventure classic Little Big Adventure (no relation to LittleBigPlanet) announced in 2021 that they would be rebooting the series.
They haven’t said anything since but studio 2.21 CEO Ben Limare has now provided an update and there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is that the reboot has yet to land a publisher and, as such, it has had to be internally delayed.
The good news is that, since the studio is still eager to celebrate Little Big Adventure’s 30th anniversary next year, it’s working on full fledged remasters of the previous two games.
Although both games lack an exact release date, no doubt the plan is to have them out by 2024. They already have Steam listings, and the first game will be getting a demo during the Steam Neo Fest in June.
2.21 will be rebuilding both games from the ground up in Unreal Engine 5, so they’ll receive a complete graphical overhaul as well as reworked controls, all new features, and remastered music.
Little Big Adventure Remastered – all that’s been shared so far is this piece of concept art (pic: 2.21)
‘For a long time, the community has been talking about a remaster of the original games,’ reads a blog post by Limare, who also explains why they’re rebooting the series and not just making a new sequel.
‘We decided from the beginning to do a reboot because we feel that in order to reach a new generation of players, this redesign work is fundamental.
‘But during this in-between period, we also want to experiment, to progress and obviously… to please you. So we thought: why not take advantage of the months ahead to offer a remastered version of Twinsen’s Little Big Adventure 1 and 2 Classic?’
The original games are currently available on Steam, but Limare makes no mention of these versions being replaced by the remasters. So, this won’t be a Grand Theft Auto Trilogy situation, which saw Rockstar delist the original games in preparation for the remasters (though it did bring them back in the end).
As for the reboot, Limare is quick to assure fans that the delay isn’t a result of the game being in dire straits. The team has finished a prototype and is in discussions with multiple publishers.
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