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LucasArts back catalogue picking up Steam

The more thing change... the more they start looking like the early '90s these days. Not only is Monkey Island poised to dominate the adventure world this week and next, today LucasArts announced that some of its other classics will soon be available through digital distribution for the first time on Steam.

On the eve Tales of Monkey Island's debut episode comes word that the re-imagined Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition will be released on July 15th. For Xbox 360 owners, the game will be available through Xbox Live Arcade, while PC gamers can turn to Steam or unidentified "other online distribution channels". The new version features updated graphics, a new control scheme, re-mastered musical score, and full voiceovers, or the option to play the game as it was originally released.

That isn't the only LucasArts adventure in the news today, however. While not receiving enhanced treatments (at least at this point, though fans can always hope), the company also announced the "first batch" of older titles to be made available through Steam on July 8th. The list includes the likes of Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure, LOOM, and The Dig on the adventure front, among games from other genres.

While there are no indications what other games are planned for release in this way, the company is promising more to follow in this "new mission to revitalize its deep portfolio of beloved gaming franchises."

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