Beneath a Steel Sky gets a sequel

Revolution didn't hit their $1 million target to guarantee a Beneath a Steel Sky sequel. Boo! They're making one anyway. Yay!

Earlier this month Revolution Software added a bunch of stretch goals to their crazily successful Kickstarter for Broken Sword: The Serpent’s Curse. The last of these stretch goals, priced at a cool $1,000,000, was a sequel to Beneath a Steel Sky (BaSS), a classic PC point-and-click adventure notable for superb artwork by Dave “Watchmen” Gibbons, great writing and genuine humour. As much as I loved the idea however I wasn’t exactly holding my breath because $1 million was a hell of a big target to hit. When the Serpent’s Curse Kickstarter closed at $771,561 I was all ready to commiserate with fellow BaSS fans over a stiff drink or two.

So call me more wrong than a painfully wrong man in the wrong place at the most wrong time in the history of all things wrong, because we’re going to get Beneath a Steel Sky 2 regardless. According to co-founder Tony Warriner, speaking to Develop, UK-based Revolution were “delighted by the recent level of interest in a sequel to Beneath a Steel Sky” and are “currently discussing design ideas for this project which we plan to go into development following the release of Broken Sword – The Serpent’s Curse.” Revolution are looking to develop it for iOS, Android, PC, Linux and Mac, and reportedly considering a console release too.

Much like Rock, Paper Shotgun’s Adam Smith I’d rather they made Beneath a Steel Sky 2 first. For some reason I never got into the Broken Sword series despite glowing recommendations from friends, though I suppose the success of the Serpent’s Curse Kickstarter is as good an excuse as any to finally play them. I won’t begrudge fans of George and Nico for getting their jollies first, and it’s not like I haven’t waited long enough already for a follow up to the amazing adventures of Joey the Awesome Robot and his human sidekick Robert Foster. The original came out around 18 years ago back in primeval 1994, a fact that makes me feel so old I subconsciously opened a new browser tab for a site selling discount coffins while typing this.

No release date is confirmed of course because Revolution have The Serpent’s Curse to be getting on with. If they can get that done and out the door quickly enough and immediately start work on BaSS2 however then a 2014 release – Beneath a Steel Sky’s 20th anniversary – would be so poetic as to be almost sublime. In the meantime I’ll cut you a deal: if you pick up a copy of Beneath a Steel Sky then I’ll play through the Broken Sword games. You literally have no excuse really since Beneath a Steel Sky is available to download and play, tweaked to run on modern high-spec machines, for literally no money whatsoever on GOG.com.

Source: Develop

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