BBC Radio 4 Extra, sister station to BBC Radio 4, is planning to release a special version of the classic text adventure in conjunction with the airing of “The Primary and Secondary Phase” radio show. This event is scheduled for March 8th, 2014.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy started life way back in 1978 as a radio show based on scripts written by the late Douglas Adams. Since then, we have seen novels, a movie, several stage shows (mostly in the UK) and comic books and even towels (fans will understand) based on the irreverent adventures that are chronicled in the Guide.
In 1984 Infocom released the first licensed game, a text adventure of course, and this set the gaming world on fire with infuriating difficulty and quips from the Guide. In 2004, Radio 4 released the 20th Anniversary Edition of the game on their website reaching a phenomenal three million moves made in the first three days. That is amazing for a text adventure based on a license on a website that is not known for gaming.
The 30th Anniversary Edition will feature specially updated options bringing the classic text adventure to the new social gamer world. Players can brag on social media such as Facebook and Twitter about their achievements for instance. Graphically, the game will see an HD update making the game more appealing to the modern gamer.
Caroline Raphael, Commissioning Editor for Radio 4 Extra, says: “Douglas was a true visionary and in his own glorious way foresaw all the technology we now take for granted. Radio 4 Extra is delighted to host this game alongside the first two series. Hitchhiker’s fans will be rewarded for their loyalty over the years and newer fans have a real, but fiendish, treat in store. March 8th is a special day for the Galaxy so help us celebrate it in the unique way that only BBC Radio 4 Extra can.”
On the 8th, the special airing of the first and second parts of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy will accompany the game launch. It has been over a decade since these shows were aired on BBC Radio.