As ScummVM celebrates 19 years of 2D point and click adventure game engine development, another project that although doesn’t quite have the same prominence in the media – ResidualVM still endures with its commitment to 3D point and click adventure games including Grim Fandango, Escape from Monkey Island and more.

The separation of the two projects probably made a lot of sense at the start so the key focus of each remained strong, however as ScummVM begins to encapsulate more than just its original 2D origins – ResidualVM at this point in time is surely a welcome merging for all involved.

For a long time ScummVM limited itself to 2D point-and-click adventure games, and so ResidualVM was born as a sister project to support 3D games. But from now on, there will be no more confusion about which project a game belongs to. ScummVM now embraces adventure games and RPGs, whether they are 2D or 3D, point-and-click or not. It is a natural step for both projects which have been developed alongside each other and cross-pollinating each other with ideas, patches and design decisions. Moreover, several developers belonged to both projects.

ScummVM news announcement

Congratulations to both the ScummVM and ResidualVM teams and I am sure we wish them all the very best in the future.

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James is a Freelance Journalist, Copywriter, Author, Blogger & Podcaster specialising in gaming, gadgets and technology, both retro and modern. Ever since he experienced the first controllable pixel movement on the television screen, he has been entranced by the possibilities and rewarding entertainment value generated from these metal and plastic boxes of delight. Writing hundreds of articles, including commentary and reviews on various gaming platforms, whilst also interviewing well-known industry figures for popular online publications. Creator of the ScummVM Music Enhancement Project and host of the Game & Gadget Podcast. View his portfolio for more information.

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