Sam & Max: This Time It's Virtual had it's world premiere yesterday, but some new tidbits have already been revealed by developer HappyGiant.
The plot of the latest incarnation, supposedly the 20th Sam & Max title overall, will have the player join up with the Freelance police simply by walking by as Sam and Max try to take down a giant alien monster in the streets.
After surviving the encounter, players will be asked by Sam to join the freelance police, and undergo some 'training' in their dilapidated office. Max, of course, thinks this is a bad idea, but as players mess around the virtual space , they can slowly gain the respect of the hot-tempered rabbit...provided they survive the training.
The training itself seems to be a major focus for This Time It's Virtual, where we see the player grab knives, carry coffee, and try to shoot bugs crawling in the closet. The room also contains a ton of punch-me clowns and a target on the wall, which no doubt you will need to interact with in some form or another to impress the duo.
Much of the fun of Sam & Max has always been the cartoonish humor, and that aspect of the games duo is still pretty strong. HappyGiant Games writer and designer Mike Stemmle was able to capture the madcap humor of the two in the brief stints we see of them in the brand new trailer. The voice-over work is pitch perfect, with actors David Nowlin and Dave Boat showing off their great chemistry together.
This will be the first time Sam and Max are going to be using VR as a part of their gameplay. The last time we saw the duo was in an episodic format with Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse over a decade ago.
Sam & Max: This Time It's Virtual will be coming out for VR headsets in 2021.