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January 2004

16

Jan

The Laser has interviewed Charles Cecil of Revolution about their latest adventure release, Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon.

 

Q: How have you improved the controls and interface?

 

Despite moving away from the traditional 'point and click' approach, the elements key to adventure games have been retained. As the player-character is moved close to an object with which he can interact, it is highlighted and possible actions are displayed on the 'action map'. Each action corresponds to the four action-icons (there are approximately 30 actions in total - each being context sensitive). The interface allows multiple options for object manipulation, exploration of the environment through shimmying and jumping and 'action events' (effectively interactive cut scenes).

 



15

Jan

ATMachine has posted a scan of the latest PC Gamer (US) on our forum, revealing a one-page preview of the upcoming Sam & Max: Freelance Police. It has a nice shot of Sam & Max in 3D, as well as a screenshot of their office.

In the article, project leader Mike Stemmle discusses the many mini-games, the fact that these mini-games can be played again later once unlocked, and plans for additional content to be released on the web after the game's release.

Sam & Max: Freelance Police is scheduled for release in spring 2004.



15

Jan

Cédric Orvoine, PR manager of Microïds, does a Q&A session with Germany based site Adventure-Treff:

"Well for one thing I know...Benoît thinks [Kate Walker is] hot and I think too... Especially now that we have been working on her look a little bit, adding some polygons here and there... Will we see more of her? The only thing I can say about that is that the player will continue to discover more elements of Kate's personality as she continues her evolution into an adventurous woman...

...We have worked extremely hard on the soundtrack. We felt some pressure because of the quality of the music in the first Syberia and we wanted to make sure we reached the same level of quality with the second episode. We have totally new themes for Syberia II."

Read the entire interview here.



15

Jan

GameSpot reports that Vivendi Universal Games will be publishing Syberia II in the US. A full 2004 VU Games lineup was briefly leaked on their website. Syberia I was published in the US by The Adventure Company.

Update: GameSpot has just posted a correction, saying that VU Games will not be distributing Syberia II. XS Games has now been announced as the real distributor.



15

Jan

The latest reviews of Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon are up at All Hyped Up and Gaming Illustrated.

Meanwhile Gamer's Hell has four new high res movies (downloadable as a pack) from Jack The Ripper, which is expected for release in North America by The Adventure Company later this month.



14

Jan

Veteran game designer and Leisure Suit Larry creator Al Lowe has posted an update on his website concerning the continueing saga of his possible involvement in Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude. The eighth (technically seventh) Leisure Suit Larry game is currently in development at High Voltage without Al Lowe, but a massive fan outcry resulted in Vivendi contacting Lowe for neagotiations. However, Vivendi turned silent for a few months, only to get back in touch with Al Lowe this week. Here's what he has to say:

Today I received a phone call from VU's Eric Hayashi, Executive Producer of the new Larry game. He said that there had been "considerable turnover" of people involved and they were regrouping. He also said they wanted to restart negotiations with me in order to get me involved, possibly as early as next week. Stay tuned to this page.

The turnover refers to the recent reorganisation at Vivendi Universal. Of course, even if the neagotiations are succesful, we don't know how much Al Lowe's influence on the project will be, given that it's already in production phase. However, the fact that Vivendi is still interested seems to be a good sign. For more on Magna Cum Laude, check out our preview.



14

Jan

New adventure reviews has hit the net:

Uru: Ages Beyond Myst @ The Stratos Group

Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon @ Game Chronicles



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