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Leisure Suit Larry Creator Leaves Following Publisher Scandal

by Matt Helgeson on Dec 12, 2013 at 02:19 PM

Leisure Suit Larry creator Al Lowe has severed ties with publisher Replay Games, at least partially due to a scandal involving the company's president Paul Trowe.

Replay and Al Lowe had teamed up to bring back the ribald point-and-click series with a Kickstarter. It was successful, and the game was eventually released as Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded in June of this year.

Recently, Al Lowe has ended his relationship with Replay, who he says does retain the rights to the franchise. According to reports, Lowe's decision was partially related to Replay's president Paul Trowe pleading guilty to showing a sexually explicit video to a minor - in this case a girl who was in a relationship with an adult male who Trowe was also involved with. It's all pretty seedy, and we will decline to publish the details of the video.

Lowe told Kotaku, "There were many reasons for my departure, including that [2012] incident. As far as I know, Replay Games still has the rights to do Leisure Suit Larry games, but they'll have to do them without me."

There is no word yet as to how this will affect the future (if any) of the Leisure Suit Larry franchise.

[Sources: Venturebeat, Kotaku, Polygon]


Our Take
I think that Lowe made the right call, and that it's wise to disassociate himself from all of this.