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Broken Sword 5 interview: Charles Cecil on Gnostic Gospels, conspiracies and religion

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"Himmler sent a load of archaeologists to try and find the Holy Grail in the castle and clearly they failed - or we assume they failed."

Broken Sword creator Charles Cecil and I are talking about the research that went into the latest instalment, Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse. There is a chance we were supposed to be talking about polygons and game mechanics in the Kickstarter-funded project but the interview ended up addressing the nature of personal belief and truth as they relate to Cecil's latest adventure.

The Serpent’s Curse begins with a murder and the theft of a painting by a pizza delivery man. In attempting to unravel the mystery, series heroes George and Nico must pick through a conspiracy involving the Catholic church and Gnosticism. Take into account the art gallery murders, Catholicism, apocryphal literature and you'd be forgiven for thinking, "So, it's like the Da Vinci Code, then." But Cecil, amongst other things, worked as a consultant on the Da Vinci Code video game having researched the subject.


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.


Dave Gibbons to reunite with Charles Cecil for new game; good times for adventurers

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Dave Gibbons. Co-creator of Watchmen. Charles Cecil. Master of the Broken Sword series. The last time they came together, they brought the world the wonderful adventure game Beneath A Steel Sky. Now, as reported by Eurogamer, they're reuniting for a new game. Let the champagne corks ring loud.


Broken Sword 2 remastered edition coming early next year

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The classic adventure game Broken Sword 2 will be making a comeback early next year in the form of a 'remastered' edition, which will include improved backgrounds, revamped animations and cutscenes, and an accompanying comic. Read on for more details and screens.