2020 has been, for so many reasons, a real crap-dang mess of a year. It does happen, however, to be the tenth anniversary of the Scott Pilgrim movie and its tie-in video game, and there may be good news in store for fans of the latter. Originally released on Xbox 360 and PS3, the River City Ransom-inspired game's been unavailable for years, but it finally seems the anniversary buzz may spur movement toward a re-release.
On the game's actual tenth anniversary, Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O'Malley said that he'd "be as surprised as you" if Ubisoft released Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game again, adding that comic publisher Oni Press and iam8bit had been petitioning Ubisoft for "4+ years" to no avail.
Now, at the very least, O'Malley has heard something back. "PS. ubisoft has reached out to me," O'Malley tweeted yesterday, indicating a break in the years-long silence.
It's possible that the involvement of the film's director, Edgar Wright, and perhaps even Universal Pictures has something to do with these rumblings. Wright also tweeted that he was "working on the video game situation" yesterday, and since Universal licensed the rights to Ubisoft, it would need to be on board for a comeback too. Given that Universal's still committed to doing 4K theatrical screenings of the movie once it's safe to return to theaters, there's still a prime opportunity for a re-release of the game on the horizon even as the anniversary itself has passed.
Also on board and actively petitioning for a re-release is the band Anamanaguchi, which provided the game's music. Thankfully, you can still find and purchase the game's excellent soundtrack quite easily.
In an interview at Kotaku this week, co-founder of Tribute Games (Panzer Paladin) and Scott Pilgrim designer Jonathan Lavigne said he's open to the idea of the studio helping with a re-release or remaster of the title. Lavigne also warned that people shouldn't get too worked up about a comeback, but with Wright and O'Malley dropping tidbits like this, maybe we really haven't seen the last of this Sex Bob-omb beat-em-up just yet.