The Broken Sword franchise is set to return – provided it wins sufficient support on Kickstarter.
Original series creator Charles Cecil has taken to the crowd funding platform and hopes to emulate the success of Tim Schafer’s successfully funded new Double Fine project.
Broken Sword: The Serpent’s Curse Adventure will, if it is green lit, be the fifth game in the series and the first since 2006.
Hero George Stobbart will return, as will his original voice actor Rolf Saxon. The game’s 2D artists are said to have experience with companies such as Disney, Dreamworks, Nickelodeon and Aardman.
Cecil’s funding goal in $400,000, of which $12,232 has already been raised (at the time of going to press).
A $15 pledge will earn a digital copy of the game and a $25 the game plus assorted digital extras. $100 earns a Limited Edition physical copy. $500 gets a signed version.
For $1,000 you’ll get a personal signed message from Cecil. Add another $4,000 onto that and you’ll receive a personal voice message from characters George and Nico as well as a drawing of yourself with the characters.
“Revolution adventures have had considerable success – but the traditional publishing model has prevented us receiving the required royalties to fund future games,” the official pitch reads.
“With limited financial reserves we have been unable to fund our own titles and so we have not benefited from their success. Now you can help us to change this. For the first time in our history, we will be funding an original adventure game: Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse. This will give us full creative freedom, and let us work with you. We promise to keep you up to date with all aspects of development and we will value your support.
“Development of the game is going well. Kickstarter funding will allow us to proceed at a faster rate, and ensure the game achieves its ambitious design. Without this funding we will risk having to cut back features and delay the game's release.”
You can donate to the project here.