Legendarily bad 3DO FMV experience Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties is now owned by Limited Run Games and coming to PlayStation 5, PC, and Nintendo Switch.
By Alex Santa Maria
Published Jun 14, 2021
Surreal fever dream masquerading as a video game?Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties?is somehow finding?a new home on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC courtesy of physical games publisher Limited Run Games. For those unaware of what is easily one of the worst games to ever grace a retail shelf,?Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties?was originally released in very limited quantities on PC in 1993 before seeing a port to the ill-fated Panasonic 3DO in September 1994. Despite being advertised as an FMV game, the experience is more akin to a narrated slideshow with DVD menu-style narrative choices serving as the only interactive element.
The game itself can best be described as a visual novel, which tells a basic romantic plot interspersed with outlandish humor and adult situations that occasionally border on softcore porn.?Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties?was ravaged by critics and generally ignored by the general populace until the rise of the Internet gaming community. Popular content creators reacted strongly to the game’s abject insanity and reintroduced it to the masses. Since then, it’s been?right next to?ET, Crazy Bus, and?Ride to Hell: Retribution?on the list of must-play games for?YouTubers, Twitch streamers, and retro enthusiasts interested in the more bizarre parts of gaming history.
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To cap off its E3 2021 presentation, Limited Run Games revealed a new edition of?Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties?for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC. After?a fittingly brief video intro from the game’s star?Jeanne Basone, viewers saw still frames from the game alongside harsh quotes from media outlets of the time. The Limited Run release appears to be taking footage from the PC release, which is of a slightly higher quality than the 3DO version.
Finally, the most requested and anticipated game of ALL TIME. We’re bringing Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties to PS4, PS5, PC, and Switch physically and digitally! Follow us for more info. #LRG3 pic.twitter.com/zNNcvfLf5i
— Limited Run Games (@LimitedRunGames) June 14, 2021
So yeah, the cat’s out of the bag. Limited Run Games officially owns the rights to Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties and a remaster is coming to several platforms. Everyone questioned my sanity for this along the way, haha.
— Josh Fairhurst (@LimitedRunJosh) June 14, 2021
On his Twitter, Limited Run Games owner Josh Fairhurst confirmed that the company is not only publishing the new edition of?Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties, but it purchased the rights to the game outright after teasing an IP acquisition last November. The game is touted as Limited Run’s most requested release, which may be true considering that?Plumbers?is a catch-all joke answer that was mentioned countless times ironically on social media.?The company’s E3 showing also revealed an official English Turbo CD release of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, the reveal of the sequel and prequel to?River City Girls, and a collectors edition of ’80s side-scroller?Huntdown?that’s available now.
It’s fair to say that no one seriously expected a new version of?Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties?to emerge in 2021, and especially not on modern hardware. The game is so representative of the harsh reality of FMV in the ’90s, the ultimate expression of grabbing a few cameras and throwing together a production for a quick buck. The game’s surreal presentation and nonsensical storytelling have to be seen to be believed, and now an entirely new generation of players can experience it on the latest in gaming console technology.
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Source: Limited Run Games/YouTube, Limited Run Games/Twitter, Josh Fairhurst/Twitter
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Alex Santa Maria
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Alex Santa Maria is a writer, editor, and critic based out of the Sunshine State. Raised on a healthy diet of gaming mags at an Xbox LAN center, Alex is an enthusiast who loves shooters, roguelikes, and arcade-style games. He has an unhealthy obsession with bad movies, a love of the 1980s, and the skills to rack up a high score on your local pinball table. When not covering the latest news on Screen Rant, you may find his byline on a growing number of webzones, including GameRevolution, TechRaptor, Mandatory, and WrestleZone.
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