At last! The long-rumoured, oft-teased announcement of a new Broken Sword adventure is finally official, though still not fully guaranteed, as Revolution has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund development of The Serpent's Curse.
The fifth adventure of lovable American patent lawyer George Stobbart and sassy French journalist Nico Collard begins in Paris once again. It's spring now, but crisis comes anyway when a "pizza guy with a gun" interrupts the pair's chance meeting at an art show by killing someone and stealing a seemingly worthless painting. As George and Nico's investigation takes them "to London and beyond, the trail becomes a race against time as dark forces from Europe's turbulent past are woken from their slumber. Broken Sword characters old and new are encountered - but who can George and Nico trust? The journey they are on reveals a conspiracy as old as the written word, whose ancient heresies will cause innocent blood to spill once more..."
For many fans, the series' return to hand drawn 2D backgrounds will be welcome news, and the artwork this time will be rendered in sharp HD that promises to "translate the original charm to a contemporary adventure". And since George just wouldn't be George if not voiced by Rolf Saxon, Revolution founder Charles Cecil has confirmed that Saxon will reprise the role once again, along with other familiar voice actors from Broken Swords past.
Though the game has been in self-financed development for six months already, it's going to need a hand in reaching completion. The Kickstarter campaign is seeking $400,000 by September 22 in order to "proceed at a faster rate, and ensure the game achieves its ambitious design." The game isn't totally dependent on the success of the appeal, but the developers claim that "without this funding we will risk having to cut back features and delay the game's release."
Pledge tiers vary from the minimum $15 for a digital download of the new game for PC and Mac and exclusive insider access to digital design documents and high-res comic books from previous Broken Sword games, a boxed edition of The Serpent's Curse, artwork prints, and many more rewards at the higher levels.
The PC and Mac versions of Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse are currently scheduled for April 2013 if the fundraising campaign is successful. Android and iOS versions are planned as well, though there's no indication that the mobile releases are covered by Kickstarter donations.