Tex Murphy revival gets Kickstarter campaign

Kickstarter has helped to revive many an old game franchise in the past few months and today, the site is the home of yet another fund raising campaign to launch a new game in a classic series. This time, Kickstarter backers are being asked to help launch a new game in the Tex Murphy adventure game series.

The series, launched by the now defunct Access Software in 1989, ended up with five games in before ending in 1998. The franchise featured full motion video sequences of the main character, a hard boiled detective solving cases in a futuristic San Fransisco. Chris Jones, one of the main creators of the series, also starred as Tex Murphy in the games.

The rights to the Tex Murphy franchise were owned by Microsoft and later Take Two Interactive but Jones and his partner Aaron Conners got the rights back in 2009 via their company Big Finish Games.

The Kickstarter campaign page states:

The new game will incorporate the very best of the classic Tex Murphy elements - sci-fi, film noir, witty dialogue, great characters, beautifully integrated FMV, and a deep, engaging story - but it will also enhance the experience of the former games with stunning new graphics, a sleek new interface, and other updates.

People who pledge at least $15 will get a free copy of the game for the PC and Mac when it is released. The Kickstarter campaign is looking for at least $450,000 in 31 days. Since launching earlier today, the Tex Murphy: Project Fedora page has generated over $102,000 in pledged as of this writing.

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Wow, I loved "Under a Killing Moon" and "The Pandora Directive!" UaKM was pretty awesome in its day. I still remember James Earl Jones reading from Poe's "Masque of the red Death" and a lot of pretty amusing lines from the other characters. I'm excited about this old friend's return.