British company Revolution Software is asking for $400,000 on Kickstarter to develop Broken Sword: The Serpent’s Curse, a new, 2D point-and-click adventure game in the critically acclaimed Broken Sword series. The Serpent’s Curse is expected to come out in early 2013 on PC, Mac, iOS and Android. Kickstarter backers who support the project with at least $15 will receive a digital copy of the game as well as access to exclusive bonus material that includes director’s commentary on previous games, archive videos, game artwork and more.
If the project pans out, The Serpent’s Curse will be the fifth title in the classic series, after Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars (1996,) Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror (1997,) Broken Sword: The Seeping Dragon (2003) and Broken Sword: The Angel of Dead (2006.) Moreover, The Serpent’s Curse will be Revolution Software’s attempt to go back to the series’ roots by creating a hand-drawn 2D game that uses a point and click interface. Additionally, the characters themselves will be pre-rendered in 3D and the game will be in high definition, so there will be a more modern visual presentation to the upcoming title.
According to the announcement video, the artists who will be in charge of the 2D visuals have worked on companies such as Disney, Universal, Dreamworks, Sony, Nickelodeon and 20th Century Fox, among others. It’s worth noting that most of the original development team from previous Broken Sword games is returning, including voice actors.
To me personally, the announcement of this project means that I should be catching up with the series before The Serpent’s Curse comes out, which is quite likely considering that as of this writing, the Kickstarter project already has $163,000 (the goal is $400,000) and there are still 28 days to go. Thankfully, getting the classic Broken Sword games shouldn’t be a problem considering that the complete series is available on Good Old Games.