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Sam & Max to enter The Devil’s Playhouse in April

After spending nearly two years out of the limelight--recovering from their trip to hell and back, no doubt--the Freelance Police are making yet another comeback. Telltale Games has announced that a new Sam & Max season, subtitled The Devil's Playhouse, will premiere on April 15. The series' five monthly episodes will release simultaneously on PC, Mac, and PlayStation Network, making Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse Telltale's PlayStation 3 debut.

The demo being shown this week at the Game Developer's Conference reveals that the new season will stretch the usual Sam & Max weirdness to the extreme. Characters in the first episode, The Penal Zone, will include a disembodied brain, a giant monkey from outer space, and a Twilight Zone-inspired narrator whose appearances occur in black and white. One of the gameplay elements involves a collection of enchanted toys that give hyperkinetic rabbity-thing Max a variety of psychic powers that can be utilized to solve puzzles. The series will feature more detailed graphics than Telltale's previous Sam & Max games, as well as an improved direct control system developed with the PlayStation audience in mind.

The game is available for preorder today for PC and Mac from Telltale's website, and for PSN through the PlayStation Store. Stay tuned for a hands-on preview of the first episode in the coming weeks.

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