Back in May, DeathSpank and Kard Combat creator Hothead Games teased that it was working on something related to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Frustratingly, at the time, there was little to no information forthcoming on the project—not even what platforms it was coming to. This week, though, Hothead has unveiled further details on its plans for Douglas Adams’ franchise.
Those expecting a reimagining of Infocom’s brutally difficult text adventure may be a little disappointed, however; as it turns out, the new project doesn’t appear to be a game at all. Rather, it’s an interactive iOS-based touchscreen edition of the titular Guide, allowing fans of Adams’ work to imagine they’re holding the device described in the novels. Users will be able to learn about towels, vogons, Milliways, the Babel Fish, the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal and more through a series of interactive sequences.
The app features an ’80s-style interlaced display, but purist fans of the BBC TV series may be saddened to see that the wireframe graphics of that particular interpretation of the Guide are nowhere to be seen, replaced instead by some amusing cartoons.
The app will be available on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad this fall. Further information will be available soon via the official website.