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Another Developer Is Tackling The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

One of the most influential and classic pieces of sci-fi literature to ever be written is becoming a video game once again.  Since its debut in 1978, Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series has captivated countless readers and millions of other people through the various films, mini-series and radio dramas that were also made about the comedy centric sci-fi series.  Compared to the works of sci-fi authors like Robert Heinlein (Starship Troopers), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series was a nice departure from what we were used to seeing as it was a complete comedy based series with very thoughtful topics about the origins of life and what true friendship is.

Back in the day The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy received a text based game for the Commodore 64 that despite not actually depicting any of the worlds or characters through crude pixel graphics was an instant hit amongst the core audience who enjoyed the books. Aside from that the rich alien world that Douglas Adams created over thirty years ago has remained untouched in the video game arena; that is until now.

Developer Hothead Games has announced that they’ve acquired the rights to develop a game based on the ever so popular Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series.  Hothead may be best known for developing the DeathSpank games along with the Penny Arcade hit Precipice of Darkness.  Hothead has yet to reveal what genre the Hitchhiker game will be or what platforms the game will appear on.  Based on the journey that Hitchhiker's series protagonist Arthur Dent finds himself on, it would probably be wise if the game was some sort of an adventure game as opposed to being a simple side-scroller or heaven forbid an action centric platformer.

It’s unknown when we’ll learn more about the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy game, but I’m definitely going to go get my towel in preparation for going on an intergalactic journey filled with adventure, self-reflection and plenty of laughs.

P.S. if you aren’t familiar with the Hitchhiker franchise, it may be worth the time to scope out the Hitchhiker film that came out in 2005, even if it's a bit truncated.