Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy cover

I hope you froods know where your towel is, because it’ll soon be time to go hitchhiking.

Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has been many things: a BBC radio play, a five-part book trilogy, a television series, a movie and of course a video game that helped put Infocom on the map. Its appeal has proven remarkably durable, and soon gamers who missed it the first time around (or any of the others) will be able to stick a fish in their ear and travel the stars in a “refreshed” version of the adventure game classic.

The BBC has announced that a 30th anniversary edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy will be released next month, with high-definition graphics, social media integration and other updates “to meet modern technology demands.” The game will be published on the BBC website and will be playable on tablets and mobile phones as well as conventional PCs.

“Douglas was a true visionary and in his own glorious way foresaw all the technology we now take for granted,” Caroline Raphael of BBC Radio 4 said. “Hitchhiker’s fans will be rewarded for their loyalty over the years and newer fans have a real, but fiendish, treat in store. March 8 is a special day for the galaxy, so help us celebrate it in the unique way that only BBC Radio 4 Extra can.”

March 8 is the day that the updated Hitchhiker’s game will debut, 36 years to the day that the radio show first aired. (The game came out in 1984, hence the “30th anniversary edition.”) That same day, Radio 4 will rebroadcast the first two series of the original radio show, “The Primary Phase” and “The Secondary Phase.” That will be a good day indeed.

Source: British Comedy Guide

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