Ubisoft has announced plans to resuscitate Charles Cecil's Broken Sword
games by bringing the originals to the Wii and DS platforms in a new and updated form.
Despite on-going complaints from Lucasarts and Sierra that the adventure game genre is dead (which goes against the success of Telltale Games and Quantic Dream), Ubisoft is confident that the classic adventure genre will find a home on Nintendo's platforms thanks to the unique interface.
Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars
, which tells the story of American tourist George Stobbart and how he is pulled into a centuries-old conspiracy after witnessing a brutal murder in France, was originally published by Revolution Software on the PC by has been ported to every platform under the sun since then.
Ubisoft isn't just lazily porting the original game though and will instead be looking to spruce up the title into a new Director's Cut
. The game will sport retouched graphics and effects courtesy of Dave Gibbons, the artist behind the Watchmen
comics and a string of other adventure games from Revolution Software.
On top of new graphics the game will also get a few new puzzles and brain-teasers added in that will take advantage of the DS and Wii control methods, as well as a new sub-plot that will interweave with the original plot. Given the structure of the story and how the action plays out between the two main characters, George and Nico, we're betting that this new narrative will let players play as Nico for a bit.
The first game in the series is set to hit the Wii and DS in March 2009, but if you're can't wait for some classic adventure games then don't forget that Revolution Software has teamed up with GoodOldGames.com
to release two other of Dave Gibbons' games absolutely free - Beneath a Steel Sky
and Lure of the Temptress
. Read more about them in yesterdays newspost and be sure to let us know what you think in the forums