It's been nearly seven years since the last installment in the Broken Sword series, but it remains one of the more fondly regarded adventure series out there.
The Serpent's Curse, as the new fifth installment is known, was a success story on Kickstarter a year ago, raising $850,000 from 15,000 backers, making it one of the most successful crowdfunded games from a UK-based developer. Now developer Revolution Software is gearing up to release the game -- part of it, anyway; Broken Sword 5 - The Serpent's Curse: Episode One will release for PC, Mac and Linux on December 4 of this year, with Vita and Android versions to follow later in the month. Episode Two is coming in January of next year.
The decision to split the game into two episodes apparently isn't a sign that it's been cut down in any way, however; Revolution founder and the man behind the series Charles Cecil claims that "each episode is a full-sized game in its own right," and that the fact the team could split the complete story into two games is a direct result of the Kickstarter's success rather than a lack of funding. Indeed, the fact that the two episodes are releasing so close to one another suggests that both are almost ready to go, as opposed to the team requiring extra time to finish the latter half of the story.
The Serpent's Curse follows the adventures of series protagonist George Stobbart and his long-suffering companion Nico Collard as they attempt to track down a stolen painting. This being a Broken Sword game, though, things aren't as simple as they first appear, and Stobbart and Collard will come face to face with ancient conspiracies and dark forces from history as they continue their investigation.
The Serpent's Curse brings the Broken Sword series well and truly into the modern age with HD visuals that evolve the previous game's style, plus artists and animators who hail from high-profile studios such as Disney, Aardman Animations and Universal.
Episode 1 will cost £9.99 individually when it releases on December 4, or £14.99 if bought as a double-pack with the second episode. USD prices don't seem to have been announced as yet, but chances are it will either directly translate as pounds-for-dollars or sell at a $14.99/$19.99 price point.