Don't Panic! Hothead Games Bringing Back Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Posted by Alex (1973 posts) -

Here's a bit of news guaranteed to get Douglas Adams-loving Earthlings into a tizzy. This morning, developer Hothead Games and "publisher" Megadodo Publications announced that a new Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy project is on the way. 
 

Happy Towel Day, everyone!
The press release and newly launched website both fail to mention any details beyond the fact that a Hitchhiker's Guide something is in the works, but with Hothead on board, it seems safe to assume it's a game of some fashion. Possibly a funny one.
 
The last time the Hitchhiker's Guide graced the gaming world was in Infocom's fantastic text-based computer game, which Adams himself had a hand in designing alongside studio master Steve Meretzky. I don't want to put any undue pressure on the folks at Hothead, but just about everything in this franchise is kind of a beloved classic. Again, no pressure at all. Just tossing that one out there.
 
So, is everyone readying their towels accordingly?
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#1 Posted by Alex (1973 posts) -

Here's a bit of news guaranteed to get Douglas Adams-loving Earthlings into a tizzy. This morning, developer Hothead Games and "publisher" Megadodo Publications announced that a new Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy project is on the way. 
 

Happy Towel Day, everyone!
The press release and newly launched website both fail to mention any details beyond the fact that a Hitchhiker's Guide something is in the works, but with Hothead on board, it seems safe to assume it's a game of some fashion. Possibly a funny one.
 
The last time the Hitchhiker's Guide graced the gaming world was in Infocom's fantastic text-based computer game, which Adams himself had a hand in designing alongside studio master Steve Meretzky. I don't want to put any undue pressure on the folks at Hothead, but just about everything in this franchise is kind of a beloved classic. Again, no pressure at all. Just tossing that one out there.
 
So, is everyone readying their towels accordingly?
Staff
#2 Posted by dr_mantas (1796 posts) -

YES! Hope it's good

#3 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7613 posts) -

Love the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, but I wasn't much a fan of the DeathSpank games.. So we'll see how this turns out.

#4 Posted by DJRamshackle92 (10 posts) -

Sounds awesome

#5 Posted by CarpetRemnant (369 posts) -

OK guys, this had better be really fucking good, don't piss about.

#6 Posted by SoylentGreen (254 posts) -

So long, Hothead. Thanks for all the fish.

#7 Posted by KittenMitten (111 posts) -

Yay! I need a new towel...

#8 Posted by EdIsCool (1122 posts) -

Great idea... wrong company. Telltale would have kicked so much arse with this.

#9 Posted by BeautifulSpaceCowboy (601 posts) -

I am interested.

#10 Posted by EveretteScott (1449 posts) -
@EdIsCool said:
Great idea... wrong company. Telltale would have kicked so much arse with this.
It really depends on what kind of game it is.
#11 Posted by Cubic (171 posts) -
@EdIsCool said:
Great idea... wrong company. Telltale would have kicked so much arse with this.
I disagree, Telltale are good, but their brand of adventure games are too slow to keep up with the pacing of the books. 
 
If they can make this as well as they made the Penny Arcade games, I'm totally onboard. Maybe if it's successful they'll make a Dirk Gently game as well, Dirk Gently is sick.
#12 Posted by MattyFTM (14342 posts) -

I love Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and am excited to see what Hothead do with the franchise. I love the reference to Megadodo. An adventure game seems like a perfect fit, but I can see them being more adventurous and trying something different. Either way, I don't know whether it'll be good or not, but I'm excited to see them try, at least.

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#13 Posted by Alphazero (1535 posts) -

Hey, you sass that hoopy Hothead games? There's a frood that really knows where its towel is.

#14 Posted by PhatSeeJay (3322 posts) -

Wish they'd do more Penny Arcade games, but it's certainly making me curious. Reminded me to bring my towel. 

#15 Posted by wsowen02 (318 posts) -

Can always tell an Alex Navarro story just by looking at the headline

#16 Posted by thewisechimp (4 posts) -

This is great news! 

#17 Posted by Protome (346 posts) -

Okay Hothead you took the funny Penny Arcade and made games that were funny, and played kinda poorly. 
You took the funny Ron Gilbert and made Deathspank which played well but wasn't remotely funny.
You're now taking a third thing I have fond memories of, if you screw this up there is no going back.

#18 Posted by EdibleVisions (1 posts) -

Obviously announced as part of Towel Day! Happy Towel day. Hope you know where your towel is.

#19 Posted by Hailinel (23901 posts) -
@wsowen02 said:
Can always tell an Alex Navarro story just by looking at the headline
Not in this case.  As anyone familiar with Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy should know, it's very fitting given the subject matter.
#20 Posted by afrokola (547 posts) -

Yay!!! Got my towell on standby!

#21 Posted by MEATBALL (3070 posts) -

Sounds like a pretty good union, I've enjoyed the charm to Hothead's games and that factor should be really bolstered by the sort of material on offer in Hitchhiker's Guide. That said, I expect the gameplay itself will be rather forgettable given Hothead's track record.

#22 Edited by Blair (2500 posts) -

HOLYSHITTTTTTTTTT.  I'm IN!  I hope they're amazing because in my mind they're phenomenal.

#23 Posted by Damodar (1302 posts) -

Go on...

#24 Posted by DG991 (1344 posts) -

I love you hitchhikers guide.

#25 Posted by Twisted_Scot (1175 posts) -

Man I hope this is good or ill be heart broken.  Wonder if it'll follow the books since we already know the answer to everything. 
:)

#26 Posted by Blackout62 (1329 posts) -

Who is the hoopy frood I need to sass to make sure this game is released in a timely and towel related fashion?

#27 Posted by monkeynuts8 (73 posts) -

I watched the film for the first time last month, read the book for the first time last week. This news couldn't come at a better time for me

#28 Posted by Wandrecanada (402 posts) -

As a potted petunia I am nervous for this game to come out.

#29 Posted by phish09 (1109 posts) -

Awesome.  Hopefully it doesn't turn out like a certain ill-fated Battlestar Gallactica game.

#30 Posted by m0nk3y80y (180 posts) -

Today being Towel Day, I say this was a well timed announcement.

#31 Posted by ahoodedfigure (4238 posts) -

Hopefully the puzzles won't be as punishing.

#32 Posted by theodacourt (519 posts) -

I expect if this is successful it will soon be subject to Lego franchising.

#33 Posted by Jaqen_HGhar (866 posts) -

I do hope this turns out good, as H2G2 is one of the best books out there. And I of course know where my towel is, as I always have it near my desk.

#34 Posted by Trebz (487 posts) -

They picked the best possible day to announce this. Here's to hoping it'll be released exactly one year from now.

#35 Posted by MeatSim (10765 posts) -

I am Interested in seeing what kind of game this will be. If it is a game.

#36 Posted by PositivelyGreg (71 posts) -

I wish I could be more optimistic about this, but I get veeeery uneasy about anybody mucking about with this franchise.  I don't know that anybody trying to make a successful commercial product in this day and age can or even should be capable of doing justice to the original.  They will end up looking very silly, or very dead.  Or both.

#37 Posted by Evil_Alaska (293 posts) -

42

#38 Posted by Thoseposers (780 posts) -

UGH i hate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I really dislike its style of humor

#39 Posted by EuanDewar (4758 posts) -

Hope this has the essence of the original book and radio series and they avoid the 2005 movie version. I didn't hate that version but it wasn't ideal, although Stephen Fry was rather good as the narrator. Maybe bring him back.

#40 Posted by rmanthorp (3875 posts) -

Fantastic! Love Hitchhikers!

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#41 Posted by Getz (2989 posts) -
@WinterSnowblind said:
Love the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, but I wasn't much a fan of the DeathSpank games.. So we'll see how this turns out.
Swarm weren't that great either. I'm willing to go on record and say Hothead aren't top tier development talent; though they do get a gold star for visual design.
#42 Posted by Kyle (2323 posts) -
#43 Posted by DrewBruschi (46 posts) -

I think hot head should bring back the penny arcade games instead...  

#44 Posted by Tebbit (4449 posts) -

This immediately seemed like more of a Telltale joint, but I have faith that Hothead can hold up under pressure.

#45 Posted by L33tfella_H (901 posts) -

 Refreshed and saw the post, but then I also noticed....well, I'll let you figure it out.

#46 Posted by MattyFTM (14342 posts) -

@L33tfella_H: Hah, fantastic.

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#47 Posted by momspubis (18 posts) -
#48 Posted by Count_Zero (301 posts) -

Because someone needs to post it...
  

#49 Posted by Little_Socrates (5675 posts) -
@SoylentGreen said:
So long, Hothead. Thanks for all the fish.
QFT. After Penny Arcade, DeathSpank, and Swarm, I've completely given up hope that these guys will produce something worth the inevitable $15.
#50 Edited by enemymouse (329 posts) -

This should be an Inform game.

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