Sam & Max have been in the business of entertaining their die-hard fans and winning over new converts for decades, from comics and an animated series to the 1993 cult classic PC adventure game from LucasArts and beyond. Now, thanks to HappyGiant and publisher Big Sugar, the dynamic duo makes their first foray into VR with Sam & Max: This Time It’s Virtual! This all-new adventure arrives on the Oculus Quest Platform this June, and lands later this year on SteamVR and Viveport Infinity. Look for a PlayStation VR release in early 2022.
“HappyGiant has assembled an all-star team of LucasArts veterans and created a game dripping with nostalgia, as well as being on the cutting edge of VR gaming,” says Big Sugar CEO Nick Alfieri. “Whether you are an old school Sam & Max fan or new to the franchise, this game has something for everyone.”
Sam & Max creator Steve Purcell joins developer Happy Giant as consultant on all things hilarious—and ongame design, art, and story. LucasArts veterans Peter Chan (concept artist) and Mike Stemmle (writer & designer) of Sam & Max Hit the Road are also among the Happy Giant ranks bringing us This Time It’s Virtual! Rounding out the team are Julian Kwasneski and Jared Emerson-Johnson of Bay Area Sound, who worked on the episodic Telltale Games series.
This is the first original Sam & Max game in over a decade, poised to deliver madcap adventure like only VR can. The game combines the rapid-fire banter and classic crime solving with specialized Freelance Police training exercises, bringing the player along for a furious day of obstacle courses, monster slaying, and saving the world.
“We’ve created something insanely weird and fun,” says HappyGiant CEO Mike Levine. “It’s breaking new ground for VR, while staying true to the Sam & Max / LucasArts vibe.”
Grab your fedora and stock up on ammo—Sam & Max: This Time It’s Virtual! is bringing some off-kilter comedy-adventure to the Quest Platform this June.