If you were a fan of point-and-click adventure games during the 1990s then odds are you played either Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars or Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror during that period.
The good news for those of you who enjoyed the 2D style of these classic titles is that Broken Sword 5 is currently in development and marks a return to the series’ 2D roots.
Called Broken Sword: The Serpent’s Curse, the game is currently about six months into production and once again stars American lawyer George Stobbart and French freelance journalist Nico Collard.
Here’s a brief synopsis of the game’s plot:
“When a mysterious painting is stolen during an armed raid on a Paris gallery, George and Nico are thrown by chance into the investigation together. From Paris to London and beyond, the trail becomes a race against time as dark forces from Europe’s turbulent past are woken from their slumber. Broken Sword characters old and new are encountered – but who can George and Nico trust? The journey they are on reveals a conspiracy as old as the written word, whose ancient heresies will cause innocent blood to spill once more…”
Series developer Revolution Software has launched a Kickstarter project to raise the rather modest sum of $400 000 so the game can be self-published. Over $147 000 has already been pledged with 29 days still to go before the end of the campaign. Anyone who pledges $15 or more will score themselves a DRM-free copy of the game on PC or Mac when it’s released.
Here’s the Kickstarter trailer for Broken Sword: The Serpent’s Curse which offers a tantalising first look at some of the stunning 2D environments featured in the game: