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A new, original, Broken Sword game by Charles Cecil. Join the adventure and help us create the best Broken Sword game ever.
14,032 backers pledged $771,560 to help bring this project to life.

Halfway There!

Posted by Revolution Software (Creator)

After less than 2 days, we are thrilled to have reached the halfway goal. This is just amazing! Thank you so much for your generosity. But we do still have the second half to go so please keep helping us spread the word. And if you are considering changing your pledge to go up a tier then now would be a great time to do it.

And thank you for your kind comments - it is humbling to read of people's affection for the Broken Sword games, and the reception to the project movie.

Some people asked about the visual look of the characters. They are initially created as 3D models, animated by an animator and pre-rendered to look cell shaded / 2D. When animated at 30fps they must look fluid and solid. We are pleased with the result so far, and this technique allows us scope to adjust until we're 100% happy. Please see Update #1 for a visual.

Others have asked about how we create the backgrounds. Backgrounds need to balance the mood that we require in that scene with the gameplay constraints. Our Art Director, Tori (Cat) Davis works closely with section designers. Tori, who has considerable experience of drawing layouts for cartoon features, has posted some screens that show the development on her blog - see: http://toricat.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/broken-sword-5-is-officially-here.html

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    1. Ryan Sherwood on

      This may be asking too much but when a new Broken Sword game was announced I envisioned the great 2d environments but with a lot more detail going on in the background. Litter being blown down the street, people going about their business in the street behind you, trees rustling in the wind etc. I even imagined how great it would be to have random occurrences in the backgrounds or even weather but that may be a stretch too far as it looks incredibly time consuming to do each background.

      However, if there was more subtle life in the backgrounds I think that would be the icing on the cake for me,

    2. -gizmo- on

      Hi, i'm a backer of Broken Sword now.

      I want to say hello to everyone from Spain and that I love all the games of the Broken Sword Saga (especially the first and second).

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      Peter Schifferling on

      why there aren't any dutch subtitles?
      There are a lot of fans and backers in Holland too.

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      Bruno on

      And about the Brazilian Portuguese subtitles??
      I helped to reach the goal. I know that I am only a drop in the ocean, but the firt and second game we had this option. So pleaaaaaase, add portugueses for all brazilian fans!!

      Obrigado!! =)

    5. Ayman Şanlıtürk on

      @Chocwise @Murat Yep you are absolutely right about this matter. At least there will be an option which let subtitles to be translated while development process. Like twitter everyone can contribute to their language.

    6. Katrin Neubert ☼ Order Of The Goat on

      Beautiful. I like this George very much.
      I'm happy you decided to dub the game Spanish and Italien. The fans there will be thrilled!

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      Sven Leuthe on

      For stretch goals i my number 2 and three, would be an orchestrated soundtrack and of course more unique locations (especialy locations that have been rarely used in Games before). But my absoluty favorite addition to the game would be something along the lines of the three paths idea from Fate of atlantis (Wits, Fists and Team paths) becaouse i reals loved this idea and the way it imensly increased the replay value and allowed a different point of view and apprach on many situations and riddles. And of course last but not least .... give us hard riddles.

    8. Wouter Cox on

      ... learn so much about characters, flirt a little with Grace, learn about Moseley's hobby's. It made the world feel so much more alive, and made you care more about the characters.

      In my mind, there's a big difference between 'saving a policeman friend' and 'saving a policeman friend who just went through a difficult divorce and plays the trumpet'...

    9. Wouter Cox on

      My 'wish' if the goal has been surpassed:

      - additional dialogue (and perhaps, descriptions of the games locations)

      So far, I haven't seen any adventure game where this has been done so well as Gabriel Knight 1: you could learn so much about characters, flirt with

    10. Matt Thornton on

      One other thing. Some more Nico gameplay would be great. She felt extremely underused in Broken Sword 4, in my opinion!

    11. Matt Thornton on

      Bravo, Charles. Thinks are certainly looking up for not only the hard workers at Revolution but us fans too.
      As far as requests go, I'd love to see plenty of farmiliar faces from the previous games as well as some interesting Easter Eggs, (seriously the Beneath a Steel Sky and Nico's wiggle E/Eggs still make me laugh!). Oh and I'd like to see alot more locations to explore like in Broken Sword 1. The freedom and choice to explore in that game is one of it's strongest aspects!

    12. Chong Sim Chung on

      Second the 3d craze looks odd or is it just a rough model. I loved the cartoony feel of bs1 and 2. 3d dragon fight was terrible. The newest games all feature 3d but wasn't good, I know going back to hand drawn is expensive and time consuming so at least a seamless blend of the background and character can be workable. The screenshot above is lovely for the background but George just looks blocky and sticking out like a sore thumb. Also please don't sacrifice good story line and humor to overkill on graphics. A good story in a badly animated game is always better than a high end graphic game with no real substance. Bs besides Lucas arts and telltale games had great story telling potential so hope the tradition keeps up

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      Stephan on

      Not sure if this is the right place, but regarding the (in my opinion) bad choice of 3D-characters: Maybe a compromise would be to implement hand drawn faces only (their emotional reactions), like it was done in the re-release (?) of the first part, where the characters head were displayed in small frames. I think that added a lot to the athmosphere and I would love to see that again.

    14. jaus - Order of the Goat on

      Update comming soon.. I'm sure tonigh we'll arrive to 300K $, yuhuuuuuu!!!!

      I hope some scenary in this game will be in a oriental country (china/korea/japan..) there are lot of places with a good history and beauty.

      Go Go Go BACKERS!!!

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      Christopher James Young on

      Broken Sword inspired my MA dissertation this in turn got me my 1st job so I've given $100, if you need a historian let me know, coming from North Yorkshire it's great to know that Revolution are from my City.

    16. Mike Haley on

      I too pledged $100. I wish that I could pledge more, but that is as much as I can afford right now. Also, a little birdie from Spielburg told me that another high profile adventure game Kickstarter will be launching in the next month or two.

    17. Blanchard on

      génial , je viens de donner 100$ pour ce magnifique jeu dont je suis tombé amoureux, et les voix french genial ! j'ai reussi a avoir les 4 jeux d'occation . j'adore leur aventures meme si desfois on s'arrache les cheveux. ce que je trouve dommage c'es que sur pc on est pas les aide que sur ipad . enfin bref ! moi je suis amoureux donc j'aide. dommage qu'il faut donner plus pour etre inviter! j 'aurai eu 10 . 000 $ j'aurais donné mais je ne suis pas riche :(

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      Craig McGuire on

      The graphics look amazing

    19. Palindrome Bob-XSF-I'm in AGL589-BG5.22
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      @Alexey: the characters will look and move totally 2D.

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      Ahmed Zahran on

      You guys are awesome and the game looks just amazing. I'm sure it will turn out great.
      Broken Sword will always be my favorite adventure game.

    22. Benjamin Caubère on

      I love what I see until now. I would have been even more pleased with a full 2d game. I'm personally a fan of classic character animation which was so good in the two first episodes.
      Anyway It's great to see that you came back to 2d finally! I cross my fingers so that your reach the 400k, but I'm sure that the whole fan community will back you up. Can't wait for that game. Good luck !

    23. Gemma O'Connor on

      I have grown up playing the Broken Sword games! I'm happy to back the 5th game! Absolutely love the games and looking forward to playing any new Broken Sword installments! :D Good luck!

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      Northensnow on

      I knew about a new Broken Sword being made, but I was completely missing this kickstarter! I really hope a new amazing entry to the series will be born, to be honest I didn't enjoy 3 and 4 all that much.

    25. Zappar on

      I'm wondering a bit why Charles Cecil states here http://www.youtube.com/watch… how important the hand-drawings and "wrong" perspectives were for what people loved about the game and that you lose a lot with 100% correct 3d imagery and animations, but then they didn't go all the way with the characters. To me, this closeup looks really unpleasant for example: http://i.imgur.com/tYRhm.jpg

      But I'm not not all about ranting - the backgrounds and the lighting look phenomenal!

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      CHRISTOPHER BRADSHAW on

      this is the greatest news i had heard in many years, lets get this game backed and get it made, i cannot wait for this!

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      Luke Storey on

      Looks fantastic. Cant wait to see more progress!

    28. Jasmin on

      wow the background is really beautiful, you guys are fantastic!

    29. Sam Holdsworth - Order of the Goat $7.77 on

      Everytime I look at the finished picture, my excitement for this game rises. George looks great!

    30. JJ - Order of the Goat on

      I can't stop looking at the last picture, it is friggin' amazing! Everyone at Revolution is so damn talented! Keep up the fantastic work guys, we're so proud to be your fans.

    31. Baptiste Kumala on

      Very nice. Guys, please, don't mess this up, I've been waiting for over a decade for a new 2D (at least not full 3D) Broken Sword.

    32. Massimo Cesario on

      Please create a cover for facebook diary so we can spread the word ;-)

    33. Tom Whitaker on

      I'm so excited I just upped my pledge to $250!

    34. Moeez Siddiqui on

      Living on a Prayer!

    35. jaus - Order of the Goat on

      Awesome work guys!!!

      I sent my 100$ from SPAIN, I hope don't forget me, I'm sure you'll translate this wonderful game to Spanish.So please continue working, this game will be best. No doubts.

      I remember when I was a child, playing each day Broken Sword 1 each day when I came back from school in my Pentium 1 120mhz...

      Greetings for hours and hours of entertaiment you gave me!!!

    36. graham carr on

      Why say it when the Pointer Sisters can sing it.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch…

    37. Oliver Hoelzl on

      Some amazing work here - I like the drawn backgrounds and the overall look. Keep up the good work!

    38. Darren Singleton - Order of the Goat on

      It isnt just generosity, we really really want this game and believe in it and everybody involved!

    39. Javier garcia on

      Changed from 50 to 100 $

    40. JJ - Order of the Goat on

      The lighting is brilliant. Sets a great atmosphere. Gives it a maturity and looks very cinematic. Fantastic!

    41. Juan José Peralta on

      The lightning and George's shadow look great.

    42. Rainbow Entertainment on

      Great update! Keep up the great work!

      We are waiting!

    43. Tom Whitaker on

      I feel a lot better after reading more about the animation process of the characters! Would you be able to post an update with a little clip of the characters moving within a scene to illustrate your point? Many thanks!

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      Abdulaziz Alrefae on

      Hello Charles!

      I would really recommend putting your interview with AdventureTreff in your next update! It was a great and insightful interview that lets the audience know more about the game and its history and what you guys have planned on doing with "The Serpents Curse". I really think it would be insightful to current backers and very benefitial to potential backers!

      Here is a link to Part 1:
      http://youtu.be/iu-Nkk4E9VM

    45. Stephen R Gibson on

      It'd be nice to know more about a couple of the rewards, the shirt in particular. Mostly just hoping you have a more interesting design in mind than simply the logo/box art on a black shirt.

    46. Mike on

      It's a breath of fresh air to see such detailed and rich backdrop, completely faithful to the original series, but at the same time higher-res and updated to take advantage of the resolutions and colours we have access to on computers today.

      Really looking forward to playing this!

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      Porto on

      Great work guys!
      Keep it up!

    48. Sam Holdsworth - Order of the Goat $7.77 on

      The background art is incredible! Also, it'd be cool if we could get some higher res screens too...maybe in another update? It'd be great if barrington could return as well :)