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Fans of modern takes on classic genres are set to have a happy holiday as Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse is set to launch on Dec. 4. It’s going to sport a “cliffhanger ending,” however, setting the stage for an Episode Two to follow early in 2014.
Revolution Software recently announced that its Kickstarter-funded Broken Sword 5 will finally be available to play early next month. With Episode One available on Dec. 4, the publisher is touting a “January 2014” release window for the closing chapter, meaning gamers will get a double dose of classic point-and-click adventure goodness bridging the New Year.
When Broken Sword 5 got funded back in Sept. 2012, its impressive $850,000 total from 15,000 backers was a record-breaking figure at the time, guaranteeing the game’s launch on PC, Mac and Linux. The game will be made available through Steam, GOG and Revolution Software’s own website for $14.99, or a bundle of both episodes can be had for $24.99. If you hurry up and pre-order the bundle, you’ll receive a tidy 20 percent discount, marking it down to just $19.99 for the two chapters. While a price point and release date has not been set for additional platforms, Revolution has stated that the game will also be appearing on the PlayStation Vita later in December, and mobile (Android and iOS) “shortly after each PC episode,” according to the official announcement.
In this latest Broken Sword outing, lawyer George Stobbard and journalist Nico Collard find themselves swept away by a globe-trotting adventure, seemingly drawn together by chance as they try to solve a centuries-old mystery. They’ll meet Broken Sword characters old and new on their quest for the truth, encouraging players to speak with everyone they see, investigate scenes thoroughly and use their noggins to solve clever puzzles and stitch the mystery together, one piece at a time.
“Whilst this is very much a classic Broken Sword game in terms of production values and sense of adventure, we’re really breaking new ground with The Serpent’s Curse,” said Revolution Founder and CEO, Charles Cecil. “The success of our Kickstarter appeal has allowed us to be hugely ambitious—each episode is a full-sized game in its own right. So we will be publishing two action-packed adventures in close succession. The early response to the game has been hugely positive with some suggesting this is the best Broken Sword yet.” Well if the gamers are enjoying the experience then that's all that really matters.