There's No Smoking Mirror Without Fire; Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse, Revealed
Revolution Software, the company behind the hugely succesful series of point-and-click adventure games, Broken Sword, has announced at Gamescom that there will be a fifth installment of the franchise releasing later this year. It's good news for the company and the franchise, after they were forced to look to fans to fund the project via Kickstarter. But they managed to exceed their goal by almost $400,000, raising more than three-quarters of a million dollars in total.
This means that once more we can join everyone's favourite cocky American patent lawyer, George Stobbart, and French photo-journalist, Nicole Collard, in another cracking adventure of mystery, murder, and the impending doom of humanity.
Depending on your point of view, Revolution is either stubborn or inspired in sticking to a traditional 2D gameplay style, although they are using 3D models to animate their trademark hand-drawn characters. They also seem to plump for a nostalgic feel by reverting to the more cartoony aesthetic of their earlier games.
Even if you're not completely convinced by the graphics, hopefully the story will hold your attention like the games have done so well over the acclaimed and award-winning previous four titles. With promises of cursed paintings, museum shootings, and a conspiracy dating back to the Spanish Civil War, it certainly seems to brim with intrigue already.
Revolution have also announced that one of the platforms they will release on is the beleaguered PlayStation Vita. It might prove one of the titles that may revive the handheld's fortunes. However, as it will also be available on PC and Mac, Apple and Android operating systems, it might not quite convince gamers to rush out and buy one just yet.
If the game does well, it'll be a another real success story of an increasingly fan-driven industry, where small and independent developers use crowd-sourcing to fund their games.
For more information about Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse, visit https://revolution.co.uk.