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New Leisure Suit Larry revealed further

Out this Autumn...

VU Games today announced that the long-awaited return of the affable Leisure Suit Larry will be completed in the autumn of 2004 when Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude will debut on 'next-generation' consoles and the PC. We're guessing by 'next-generation' consoles they mean the Xbox and PS2.

The latest edition in the bawdy series will be the first delivered to the gaming masses in true 3D and this is the eighth title in the long-running escapades of Larry, first begun way back in 1987 with The Land of the Lounge Lizards. We're also guessing that this latest instalment will also mark a departure from the point-and-click style adventure approach of previous titles.

Magna Cum Laude is being developed by High Voltage, the team behind NBA Inside Drive 2003 and Hunter: The Reckoning - Redeemer / Wayward, to name but three of their recent creations. The studio has been developing for consoles and the PC since 1993. This new Larry-outing will feature a new hero in-line with the new development team, the 'lovable loser' Larry Lovage - Nephew to Larry Laffer - who begins the game enrolled to community college where he spends his life alone in his dorm or generally failing to score with women.

The 'coming of age' drama-styled plot will then witness young Larry entering a TV dating show on his campus in a bid revitalise his love life. What begins is a journey for love, as Larry begins his epic adventure. Naturally, the series trade mark humour will be centre to mini-Larry's 'journey', and the developer's are up-beat about their prospects for the new title with producer Josh VanVeld commenting "our team has been having a lot of fun bringing Leisure Suit Larry back - meeting the high expectations associated with this license is an exciting challenge. We're confident that Larry will make a huge splash when he comes to consoles and the PC next Fall."

Vivendi's Marketing VeePee Nicholas Longano also has big expectations of the 'gross-out' movie formula being applied, noting the influence of American Pie and There's Something About Mary, "the game is packed full of outrageous humour and raucous game-play." Longano also commenting "We have captured the distinctive style and feel of the original series, while taking the humour and visuals to a level that hasn't been seen before. With all these ingredients combined we are sure it will please old and new fans alike."

Whether the game will live up to the successes of the past remains to be seen - what may be crucial is what 'type' of game Magna Cum Laude ends up being, and on the actual game play, we still know rather little. More as we get it, then, and we'll probably learn more during or in the run-up to E3. In the meantime enjoy these brand new screenshots.

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