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LEC vents Steam – old (and some not-so-old) releases on Valve’s Content Delivery System

Lucasarts_logoAfter much much much much teasing, LucasArts have finally let fly with what they’ve been drip-feeding us over the July 4th weekend…

A partnership with Valve Software’s Steam platform to bring a plethora of LEC software both old and, well, not that old at all, too the masses.

The starting line-up, due Wednesday (presumably American PST, so Thursday for the rest of the world)  is:

  • Armed and Dangerous™
  • Indiana Jones® and the Fate of Atlantis
  • Indiana Jones® and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure
  • LEGO® Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
  • LOOM™
  • Star Wars Battlefront® II
  • Star Wars Republic Commando®
  • Star Wars Starfighter™
  • The Dig®
  • Thrillville®: Off the Rails™

It’s a nice line-up, with hints of things too come (the LEGO Star Wars games & all the classic SCUMM adventures are dead certs) and all games are shipped ‘as is’, presumably using either DOSBOX or ScummVM where appropriate.

Further clarification came over Twitter WRT compatibility, particularly with this Direct Message from LucasArts regarding Republic Commando’s fairly public tiff with NVidia 8800 series cards (which on further investigation may have been sorted by Nvidia driver updates).

@computersnstuff Compatibility guys have turned bump-mapping to ‘low’ by default to help some cards, but the majority do fine with it on!

The press release (see below) also clarifies the release-date of The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition – July 15th it is, coming to XBLA, Steam and ‘other services’ (presumably GFW:Marketplace, although who’s going to bother with that?)!

The announcement rounds out a sudden change of heart/fortune at LEC who, prior too E3, were seen as the adventure gaming anti-christ and PC-hating heretic following several peculiar business decisions of late, including the binning of their entire adventure development team (citing the need to milk their Star Wars license market conditions) and the refusal to release Star Wars: Force Unleashed for the PC (citing such stupid reasons as ‘it would need a $2000 PC, but the Wii can handle it fine!’).

And don’t forget, Telltale’s first episode in their Tales of Monkey Island series lands tomorrow.

Press Release –

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LucasArts Continues Initiative to Revive Classic Gaming Titles
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – July 6, 2009 – Fans have asked and LucasArts has delivered! Today the company announced a new initiative in its effort to revive its classic and beloved franchises by making its games available for the first time ever as
digital downloads online.

In this first round of releases, ten fan-favorite LucasArts PC games will be made available Wednesday, July 8 on Steam®, Valve Corporation’s delivery and management platform for the PC. Scheduled for release are classic adventure titles like LOOM and
The Dig and hit action games including Star Wars Battlefront II and Star Wars Republic Commando.

The complete list of games to be released on July 8 via Steam includes:

  • Armed and Dangerous™
  • Indiana Jones® and the Fate of Atlantis
  • Indiana Jones® and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure
  • LEGO® Indiana Jones: The Original Adventure
  • LOOM™
  • Star Wars Battlefront® II
  • Star Wars Republic Commando®
  • Star Wars Starfighter™
  • The Dig®
  • Thrillville®: Off the Rails™

“This effort is going to make it possible to introduce a whole new generation of gamers to LucasArts’ classic games,” said Darrell Rodriguez, president of LucasArts. “It also gives more people a chance to play our games by making them available long after they’ve disappeared from store shelves. We hope our fans are as excited as we are about our plans and we can’t wait to share what’s coming next. This is just the beginning.”

This series of launches continues LucasArts’ new mission to revitalize its deep portfolio of beloved gaming franchises.

LucasArts previously announced the return of the classic Monkey Island® franchise with two new projects due to be released in the near future. Tomorrow, July 7, Telltale will premiere the Tales of Monkey Island® game series on PC, delivering a completely new
epic storyline and swashbuckling flair that will unfold across five monthly episodes. The first Tales of Monkey Island chapter is expected to release for WiiWare™ in the coming weeks as well.

The Monkey Island celebration continues on July 15 when LucasArts publishes The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, a completely re-imagined version of the first game in the series that adds updated high definition graphics, a re-mastered musical
score, and full voiceover to the classic adventure game originally launched in 1990. The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition will be made available on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PC via
Steam and other online distribution channels.

Future announcements about the re-release of LucasArts’ back catalog titles will be made through LucasArts’ Twitter feed at

About Steam

The leading online platform for PC games and digital entertainment, Steam delivers new releases and online services to over 20 million PC users around the world. For more information, please visit

About Valve

Valve is an entertainment software and technology company founded in 1996 and based in Bellevue, Washington. For more information, please visit

About LucasArts

LucasArts, a division of Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd., is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software worldwide for video game console systems, computers and the Internet.

Based in San Francisco, Calif., as well as on the Internet at, LucasArts was created in 1982 by George Lucas to provide an interactive element to his vision of a state-of-the-art, multifaceted entertainment company.

LucasArts, the LucasArts logo, STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES are trademarks or registered trademarks of Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. or Lucasfilm Ltd. © 2009 Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. or Lucasfilm Ltd. & ® or TM as indicated. All rights reserved. Nintendo trademarks used under license. WiiWare is available only through the Wii console.

By Andrew Bryant

The resident PC elitist fanatic enthusiast, Andrew’s grim outlook on the industry provides CNS with a hefty dollop of its news content. Oh, and he has managed to convince Barry to let him review stuff too!

Hilarity ensues!

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