They're alive! (Or at least, undead.) Zombies are on the prowl today, as Telltale has released the debut episode of its new series, The Walking Dead, along with a brand new trailer.
If you've dared to wonder what the twisted minds behind Hector: Badge of Carnage have been up to lately, it turns out they've been coming up with lots of bold new ideas at Straandlooper Animation, at least three of which they plan to turn into adventure (or adventure-like) games.
If you've ever wanted to play in a treehouse, Botanicula will give you that chance today (albeit in a way you probably never imagined), as the highly-ancticipated new game from Amanita Design is now available for download.
Today's a very good day for quirky independent puzzlers, as MacGuffin's Curse has just been launched for PC, Mac, and iOS.
The fans have spoken (at least, those who put their money where their mouths were), and the first game from Jane Jensen's Pinkerton Road Studio will be Moebius.
As part of the ongoing "Community Supported Gaming" fundraising campaign at Kickstarter, Jensen gave early supporters the choice of three potential games as her next project. Options included Gray Matter 2 and a 19th century historical mystery/romance with the working title Anglophile Adventure. But Moebius came out the winner, as fans were lured by the promise of another "metaphysical sci-fi thriller in the vein of Dante’s Equation and Gabriel Knight."
Moebius stars antiquities dealer Malachi Rector, a young, handsome man with "a knack for sensing 'the soul' of an object", who travels the world hunting for unique artifacts. When his "upscale Manhattan store is destroyed in a fire, Rector is hired by millionaire Amble Dexter to investigate a series of events and document them in his meticulous way." The first such indicent is the death of a lovely, talented woman in Venice whose death proves to have "great hidden significance. It appears that Amble Dexter and his associates are playing with the fabric of life in a way Rector never imagined possible". Even he is destined to play his part, so it's now up to him to discover the full truth and "decide whether to play his pre-scripted role or try to change the outcome."
As you'd expect from a Jane Jensen adventure, Moebius will be a third-person, point-and-click title. The game will feature a 2D graphic novel visual style and include two difficulty modes, with optional features like hints, hotspot highlighter, and a simplified interface if so desired.
If Pinkerton Road's fundraising campaign is successful, the plan is for Moebius to be released sometime around March 2013. When asked if the game would still be her first project regardless of the Kickstarter results, Jensen confirmed that it would be, though the need to reach out to other investors would obviously set back the projected timeline.
A year after launching to commercial and critical acclaim on the iOS, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP has at last made its way to the PC today.
The flood of classic adventure developers returning to the genre fold continues today, with word that Mark Crowe and Scott Murphy are teaming up once again for a brand new adventure.
People may sometimes think that if games journalists know so much about games, why don't they just make a game themselves? Well, that's exactly what Eurogamer's Lewis Denby and The Telegraph's Ashton Raze have done, announcing their first collaborative adventure game, Richard & Alice.
Not to be lost amidst all the Kickstarter hoopla of late are some highly anticipated games that are almost ready for release. Heading that list (Hype-o-Meter don't lie) is Amanita's Botanicula, which is celebrating its launch date announcement with a brand new video.
Leave it to Jane Jensen to take a familiar idea and put a creative spin on it. While Tim Schafer and Ron Gilbert are promising a Double Fine Adventure, and Chris Jones will soon be reviving Tex Murphy for a new mystery, Jane and her husband Robert Holmes are taking the community-supported funding model to a whole new level as they launch their new independent development studio, Pinkerton Road.