Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse

Broken Sword 5 being split into two episodes, first one out next month

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Thanks to Kickstarter, adventure games are back! Okay, yes, so they never really left... in fact, between Europe's continued love for the genre, Telltale's licences and indie projects like Wadjet Eye's Blackwell series, it's been easy to find games to point at and click on. More accurately then: thanks to Kickstarter, a certain brand of classic '90s adventure is back, reuniting fans with characters either previously abandoned, or worse, subjected to a clunky 2000s revival in a 3D engine.

One such series is Broken Sword, which raised over $770,000 in August last year when Charles Cecil asked the community if a fifth game would be to their liking. The fruits of that approval are about to bear out, as the game is due to be released next month. In typical Kickstarter fashion, though, it's not without an unexpected twist. Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse is now comprised of two episodes, with the first due out December 4th, and the second to follow in January.

Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse gets a Gamescom trailer too

Tom Sykes at

Remember that Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse kickstarter? Would a link refresh your memory? Like a lot of things these days - even some kid's Bah Mitzvah, I heard - Broken Sword 5 has a Gamescom trailer, and it's...well, it isn't quite Broken Sword as I remember it.

Return to rust: Beneath a Steel Sky 2 confirmed

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When Revolution Studios unwrapped its stretch goals for its Kickstarter-funded Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse, a sequel to 1994 cyberpunk adventure Beneath a Steel Sky met our cyborg photoreceptors as a milestone for reaching $1 million in extra donations. Although only (only, he says) garnering an extra $800,000, Revolution told Develop it's forging ahead with Beneath a Steel Sky 2's creation. Why? Perhaps Revolution's staff realizes the rarity of working once more on a game with a freshwater fish acronym, but it's mostly because the original Beneath a Steel Sky is downright awesome.

Broken Sword hits Kickstarter goals, stretch goals promise Beneath A Steel Sky 2 for $1m

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A Kickstarter drive to fund a new Broken Sword adventure game went live a couple of weeks ago. It's managed to hit the $400,000 target already, so the developers are pushing ahead for a $1,000,000 goal, which would provide enough funding to greenlight a sequel to Beneath a Steel Sky.

"For many years we have wanted to write a sequel to our 1994 classic adventure. If we reach this goal we will start work on this exciting, much-demanded project, and implement Easter eggs in Broken Sword: the Serpent's Curse, offering a glimpse of this futuristic dystopia," writes a Revolution rep in the latest Kickstarter update post.

Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse Kickstarter seeks funding for fresh adventure

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A Kickstarter drive has started seeking funding for a "new, original, Broken Sword game by Charles Cecil." Developers, Revolution have 29 more days to hit their $400,000 target and successfully fund a fifth entry in the classic adventure game series.

Seasoned Broken Sword director, Charles Cecil is heading up development with an experienced team made up of "many of the original Revolution crew." The voice of George Stobbart, Rolf Saxon will return and the new Broken Sword will return to 2D with hand drawn backgrounds created by talent poached from Disney, Dreamworks, Nickelodeon, Universal, Aardman, Sony and 20th Century Fox. The characters will be rendered in 3D and then captured as a series of 2D frames to stop them from using the unfair advantage of an extra dimension to break out of the world when the going gets tough.