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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy “Game” is Actually… The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
by Susana Polo | 12:29 pm, August 10th, 2011
Back in May, (on Towel Day, naturally) Hothead Games announced that they were partnering with the (fictional) Megadodo Publications to produce a new edition of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the ultimate guide to seeing the universe on only thirty altairian dollars a day.
At the time, the exact nature of what they were doing remained somewhat vague. Hothead makes games, so would it be a HGttG game? A website? A wiki? An inflatable pool toy? Well, now we know.
It’s an app. It’s an app that strives, to the best of its ability, to simulate The Hitchhiker’s Guide. And to be clear, that’s the fictional publication The Hitchhiker’s Guide, not the book, radio play, movie, etc. written by Douglas Adams. And it’s going to be free.
“We really focused on taking existing Guide entries and presenting them in a new, interactive way,” said Joel DeYoung, Hothead Producer. “We have so much respect for the original that we had to stay true to the style of Douglas Adams, and deliver an app that feels familiar to fans, but updated for today’s devices.”
Updates to the app, however, will come at a usual app cost (probably no more than 99¢). Hothead has not revealed how much content will be on the Guide initially, whether it’ll be everything from the books (ideal) or whether the book material will be parceled out with their original material as well.
Of course, as xkcd points out, at the point where the average traveling citizen can access Wikipedia from anywhere, the Guide has kind of already made the leap out of fiction.
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