Update: After speaking with Al Lowe, we are correcting what he says are incorrect quotes attributed to him by Replay Games.
Leisure Suit Larry creator Al Lowe has decided to leave Replay Games and go back into retirement.
Lowe created the laughable sex-farce series of Leisure Suit Larry games starting in 1987. He returned for an encore as Replay Games raised more than $600,000 in a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to introduce a new Larry game to a new generation of players.
“Replay Games and I had a great, long run, but it’s time for me to go back to doing the things I love, spending time with my family, taking care of my wife, and playing in my big band,” Lowe said in a statement to VentureBeat.
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“I really had a blast during the Leisure Suit Larry Kickstarter and throughout development, especially packing those all boxes!” he said. “I’m not leaving for any other reason than to just return to retirement. I’m 67 years old. I don’t know how many years I have left, and the ones I do have left I want to spend with my family and friends.”
In a phone call, Lowe said the parting was not on good terms. His correct statement, he said, is as follows:
“My agreement with Replay Games was for a two-year period, which recently ended. Due to numerous reasons, I have decided not to renew our agreement and to return to retirement.”
Lowe helped Paul Trowe, chief executive of Replay Games in Austin, and his team so that the new game lived up to the spirit of Larry, a laughable loser who was always trying to get laid. The franchise sold more than 10 million copies in the 1980s and 1990s.
Then it fell into corporate hands and lay fallow. Trowe brought it back and he said in an interview that the new game has done well enough in sales (even if critics did not embrace it) to expand its reach to other platforms.
“It’s really a shame to see the father of Leisure Suit Larry go back in to retirement,” Trowe said. “I’m glad we’re still best friends and will continue to talk and consult with each other. Expect a special announcement from us in January. Al was the most fun person on our team, always quick to crack a joke on company meetings, and was always the ‘go to’ person for anything Larry. He always will be.”