Twenty years after Gabriel Knight’s adventure game debut, the Shadow Hunter is making a comeback thanks to a deal between Activision, who holds the license to the Gabriel Knight IP, and Jane Jensen, the series’ creator. After months of fan speculation, Jensen announced today that her indie studio Pinkerton Road is working on a 20th Anniversary remake of Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers – a project that up until now has been referred to only cryptically as “Mystery Game X.”
First released back in 1993 by Sierra On-Line, Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers is an origin story for the struggling titular novelist, who discovers his true nature as a Schattenjager while investigating a string of ritual murders around New Orleans. The paranormal adventure received critical acclaim and spawned two sequels: The Beast Within in 1995, and Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned in 1999.
While the remake’s story and gameplay will remain faithful to the original, Jensen has confirmed that the artwork and voices are being completely redone. “For the art we definitely tried to stay true to the spirit of the original but, since we have such better resolution, to work in a lot more New Orleans flavor and voodoo flavor where we could,” Jensen says of the new art. Loss of the original audio files required that voices be rerecorded, a task for which Jensen enlisted the help of Bay Area Sound, the studio responsible for voiceovers in all of Telltale’s games.
Although the 20th Anniversary Edition is not being funded through Kickstarter, Jensen credits her 2012 Moebius campaign for making this remake a reality: “Over the years, I went and tried to pitch a Gabriel Knight game at least three times to the various license-holders and didn’t have much luck with that. So the fact that we’re [Pinkerton Road and Activision] collaborating and we’re making a project together is a big step forward.”
Adventure Gamers will have an in-depth interview with Jane Jensen in the very near future. Until then, you can learn more about the 20th Anniversary Edition on the official website. The game will release for PC, Mac, iPad, and Android devices in mid-2014.