On August 23, 2012, Revolution Software launched a Kickstarter project to fund the development of Broken Sword: The Serpent’s Curse. You might not suppose a series that typically performs so well with consumers and critics would need crowd funding, but the Broken Sword series has never found mainstream success of the sort that would allow the company to benefit from its own creativity instead of relying on publisher support. That’s disappointing, to say the least.
Fortunately, plenty of people understood that issue and they have pledged to help. The initial goal of $400,000 has been met and exceeded (with more than two weeks remaining before the deadline), meaning that development of the game will continue and will hopefully require fewer compromises. Now Revolution Software is talking stretch goals. That’s always exciting.
Broken Sword: The Serpent’s Curse covers the adventures of George and Nico as they investigate the theft of a mysterious painting from a Paris gallery. The project page promises a return of past characters and some new additions to the franchise, as the two heroes find themselves once again facing “dark forces from Europe’s turbulent past.”
According to the post, Revolution Software has brought together many of the people who were part of the original Revolution crew. Charles Cecil is in charge of the effort, and Rolf Saxon will return to voice George. The project is also returning to its 2D roots, with 2D backgrounds drawn by artists who previously have worked at companies like Disney, Dreamworks, and Aardman.
There’s still time to back the project if you’re interested, and apparently that can help to make the game even better. Stretch goals will enable the title to explore more exotic regions. If the project reaches $800,000, Revolution Software figures it can realize its wildest ambitions for the game, while a $1,000,000 stretch goal would allow the company to commence development on a sequel to Beneath a Steel Sky (also a well-loved adventure title).
As far as tangible benefits to backers go, a pledge of $15 or more secures a PC download of the game, while the listing offers an Android download for $25 or more. Mac and Linux are also supported, and the game will be voiced in English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian. There are also some intriguing rewards if you’re able to pledge even more, so definitely check out the listing if you’re interested in watching the next chapter of Broken Sword become a reality.
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