If you dare to believe it at this point, there's new hope to finally see The Book of Unwritten Tales this fall, as the developers have announced plans to distribute the game themselves.
One of the most acclaimed German adventures in recent years, the game's international release has met with one disaster after another to date. Following the bankruptcy of the original German publisher, The Adventure Company eventually followed suit after numerous delays of the announced English-launguage version. Now, however, KING Art is assuming control of the game's release itself, promising a "new and improved" version with full English voice acting.
As the game's two new trailers suggest, The Book of Unwritten Tales is a "humorous homage to the RPG and fantasy genre". Set in a wartorn land, an elderly gremlin archeologist named Mortimer MacGuffin possesses the dark secrets of an artifact so powerful that it controls the fate of the world. But while the "Army of the Shadows sends out its best and most devious agents to discover the secret", the Alliance gets Wilbur the gnome, Ivo the elf princess, a human adventure named Nate, and Critter, a shaggy purple creature that refuses to leave Nate's side. Together this unlikely foursome are reluctantly drawn into a crisis that can only be solved by working together as a team.
There have been no firm details revealed about the game's launch date, pricing, or delivery method, but we'll update the news with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, be sure to check out the official Book of Unwritten Tales website.
Update: KING Art has confirmed that both a boxed version through regular retail channels in some territories and a worldwide self-published downloadable version of the game will be available. The developers also possess the international distribution rights to the prequel currently in development, The Critter Chronicles, and plan to distribute that game sometime in 2012 if all goes well with the original game.