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VU Games has now officially announced Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude. The game will be coming to PC, Xbox and PS2 sometime late 2004. As reported earlier, the gameplay will be a mix of adventure and Grand Theft Auto 3-style free roaming.

Unlike the previous installments of the series, Magna Cum Laude will not feature Larry Laffer as the main protagonist. Instead, it tells the coming of age story about his nephew Larry Lovage. In Magna Cum Laude, Lovage starts as a pathetic loser enrolled at Community College who spends most of his time in his dorm room, or on campus striking out with women. After hearing about a reality TV dating show visiting his college campus, he resolves to revitalize his life and win. Over the course of the game, Larry sets out on an epic search for love (or its equivalent) and finds that things don't always go as planned. Although the story clearly focuses on Larry Lovage, Adam Khan of VU Games confirmed on LarryLives.com that Larry Sr. will make an appearance in the game.

"Inspired by films like American Pie and There's Something About Mary, the game is packed full of outrageous humor and raucous game-play," says Philip O'Neil, the SVP Sales & Marketing of Vivendi Universal Games. "We have captured the distinctive style and feel of the original series, while taking the humor and visuals to a level that hasn't been seen before. With all these ingredients combined we are sure it will please old and new fans alike."

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The game is being developed by High Voltage Software, the studio previously responsible for titles such as NBA Inside Drive 2003, Haunted Mansion, Hunter: The Reckoning - Redeemer and Hunter: The Reckoning – Wayward. Only this one screenshot on the right has been released, showing some sort of scientific drink mixing mini-game (we assume).

Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude is the subject of a cover story in Computer Games Magazine and a feature story in Game Informer's December 2003 issue, both available on newsstands nationwide in early November.

Update: there's now also a short video trailer on Sierra's website. Since the montage of in-game footage flashes by pretty fast, we've taken some screengrabs which you can view in this gallery.

Update 2: GameSpot has two more screenshots.

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