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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.
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.

Hurrah! The $800k Stretch Goal has been achieved!

Hi all!

We know we've been a bit quiet these last couple of days on the Kickstarter front, but things have been far from quiet here at Revolution. After a small celebration on Saturday and a day of rest on Sunday, we have come back to our HQ with renewed energy and inspiration. Thanks to your generosity, the $800,000 stretch goal has been achieved! A massive thank you to all PayPal and Kickstarter backers. With your tremendous support and helpful feedback, Broken Sword - the Serpent's Curse is going to be a truly amazing game!

I am sure you'd like to know more about the stretch goal, so we grabbed Charles Cecil, the Director, and asked him the following questions.

We've hit the $800,000 Stretch Goal. What does this mean for the game?

The game is going to be much more ambitious than we had originally planned. This requires a fair bit of additional design work - but for great reasons. We have added external locations, with associated puzzles and characters - previously I was worried that the game might feel too claustrophobic. We have also added extra characters so that the game structure becomes more free-form - so players have a genuine choice in how they choose to approach puzzles. These additional characters will, of course include, amongst many others, Pearl and Duane - and a goat or two (please see character sheet below). We will add subtle sub-stories that are resolved throughout the game. And we will ensure that the logic allows you to play the way you want rather than as suits the game designer - to support this we have city maps which will allow you to visit locations in any order. The second part of the game is now going to be considerably expanded to include that section in the Middle East - so we can promise a really exciting, and explosive ending. The additional design work is going to take a few weeks - so we will keep you informed of decisions that we make and ask your advice where appropriate.

We are also creating backer-exclusive forums - again this will take a week or two. In the meantime please do keep an eye on the Broken Sword Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/brokenswordofficial) - please do 'like' it if you want to receive facebook updates as they are posted.

Many of our backers have asked if the stretch goals will cause a delay. Will we still make the game in time for April 2013?

Our top priority is to deliver all aspects of what we have promised. We are adding considerable amounts of content and will do our best to ensure that this doesn't delay completion. Once we complete the  updated design then we will revise the schedule. Again, we will let you know our conclusions and ask you for your thoughts. 

Anything else?

Only to thank everyone, once again, and to say how much we look forward to working with you over the next six month. 

Comments

    1. Creator Revolution Software on October 1, 2012

      Hi all. Please don't worry, we will continue posting updates on Kickstarter, alongside our facebook and forum updates. :)

    2. Creator JuanitaD-ArmikrogArmyGoat @ AGL589+$4.96 on September 29, 2012

      I'm with Jonathan & Kirill - I don't use Facebook either. Actually, I'm even worse. I also don't use Twitter, Instagram, or any other kind of social media. The KS message board is about it. (Ridiculously unsocial, aren't I? Not antisocial, just unsocial.)

      I also really wish you would keep posting all updates here at KS. I've backed a lot of games and having to go to and register at 30+ outside sites to keep up with those projects is pretty cumbersome. Especially when every site has its own rules about what makes an acceptable user name and password. I have a pretty good memory, but not good enough to keep track of 30+ (and counting) different logins.

    3. Creator JuanitaD-ArmikrogArmyGoat @ AGL589+$4.96 on September 29, 2012

      @Sarah Holmes - They said they will be sending out the GOG.com credits in October, so you'll be able to replay all of them before release, not to mention Beneath a Steel Sky, Lure of the Temptress, and In Cold Blood, as long as your pledge level includes those credits. I believe that was one reason they were not leaving PayPal open for too long. They wanted to get the credits out to the backers within 30 days of the KS end, as promised. (See FAQs at the bottom of the main KS page - "When will I receive my rewards?")

    4. Creator Jonathan Thomas on September 29, 2012

      Quote: @Kirill Milovidov "I don't use Facebook, any chance getting updates on twitter or something?"

      +1 for that, I don't use Facebook either, and really don't want to miss out. An RSS update feed, Twitter, Emails, or anything else would be fantastic!

    5. Creator Marcin Baran on September 29, 2012

      I think nobody will mind if the release time would get pushed a little. It'd be better to get the 100% finished and polished game a bit later than try to rush it in at the end.

    6. Creator Bollebib on September 29, 2012

      personally I think the goat looks too realistic.

      loosen up a bit, it's not that because you are making HD it can't look a bit sillier then this.

      Also animation is a lot harder on realistic animals,then idealized ones.

    7. Creator Kirill M on September 29, 2012

      I don't use Facebook, any chance getting updates on twitter or something?

    8. Creator LosT_SouL_VL on September 29, 2012

      Very nice update.

      I rather have a delayed release than a rushed release, anytime...

    9. Creator AgentGrasshopper |OotG| Dream Traveller on September 29, 2012

      Just dropping in to say that I am too in favor of waiting a little (or maybe even a lot) longer for a fully finished game rather than insisting on you making the deadline of April next year.

      Here's to an excellent adventure in the making!

    10. Creator Balázs John on September 29, 2012

      Plus one vote for not rushing it.

    11. Creator Arnaud Brun on September 29, 2012

      Hurrah! This BS is going to be amazing :D

    12. Creator Martins Antony on September 29, 2012

      yes NO RUSH please!!
      I prefer ton wait couple of months more, than have it on April and be desapointed...

    13. Creator Sarah Holmes on September 29, 2012

      I have a question

      Will it be possible to start sending us games like Broken sword 1, 2 and other titles (as long as we pledged enough) running up to the release of this new title?
      i would love to refresh my memory on the story of all the series before playing your latest release

    14. Creator Christian Steinert (deleted) on September 29, 2012

      No rush :-)
      It's great to have the game it is better if you can polish it and if you guys do not burn out.

    15. Creator LionToast on September 29, 2012

      No rush... Well, I want it now! But I want it right so take *enough* time and I will be happy. After all, a game can either be great eventually or terrible forever.

    16. Creator Wan Kit Fong on September 29, 2012

      No rush, please! I've got plenty of great games coming out next year to tide me over

    17. Creator Chocobobo88 on September 28, 2012

      Yep no rush :)

    18. Creator JuanitaD-ArmikrogArmyGoat @ AGL589+$4.96 on September 28, 2012

      Take your time and deliver a beautifully glitchfree game that's loaded with amazing locations, puzzles, people, and goats! I'm willing to wait (and I don't want a two part game either.) You've also made me very happy in allowing the player to stray from the logical path and do things out of the "correct order". :D

    19. Creator Midian on September 28, 2012

      no rush...
      id rather you guys be late on the due date with a finished & polished product than worry about the select few that want a rushed product...
      you could always send the select few the rushed version if they are that impatient....
      id gladly wait for the excellent version that is done when the developer feels it is ready...
      Congrats on setting the highest tier standard...
      looking forward to the game....
      please dont rush it...

    20. Creator Greenfr0G on September 28, 2012

      I concur - take your time, don´t rush finishing the game. I´m so glad that what we´ll see will be actual Director´s Cut version of the game, thanks to 800 000 stretch goal hit!
      Really looking forward to play this game!

    21. Creator RS - Order of the Goat | Dream Traveller on September 28, 2012

      Take your time to completely finish the game.
      I don't like the idea of splitting the game.

    22. Creator Joana Lisa Dungca on September 28, 2012

      The long awaited update confirmation on the 800k stretch goal! Thanks REV!

      Yes, created juices cannot be rushed.. so no worries on that. We are willing to wait for the best broken sword game ever!

    23. Creator Monty on September 28, 2012

      Wonderful update.. echo comments...."take your time to make a great game".... the only thing I would ask (and I am sure it is something Revolution would do anyway.... ) is keep us as part of the group along the way... through updates until the foum is up and then there... The most phenomenal part of this ks, is how you have made us all feel part of the group.... I would love that enthusiasm and inclusion to be maintained until the 'whenever' release date and beyond.. it has been so much fun....

    24. Creator Rendref on September 28, 2012

      It's great. but! Is there going to be ONE extra location??? I thought there will be TWO locations - in Middle East AND in North Africa, as it was stated at stretch goals. These are completely different places! :) I hope that there actually will be two extra locations...

    25. Creator Palindrome Bob-XSF-I'm in AGL589-BG5.22 on September 28, 2012

      I'm quite used to things taking their time, and also won't mind if you can't make the April deadline. I have to disagree with those asking for the game to be split in two though.
      ### Member of the Pinkerton Road Cavalry ###

    26. Creator Pedro Rodrigues on September 28, 2012

      @Jack: How do you know BaSS 2 is happening anyway? Has Revolution Soft said anything?

    27. Creator Minsc&Boo on September 28, 2012

      If the game is delayed, just send me a diamond. *runs away*

    28. Creator Aesgard on September 28, 2012

      I don't care if the game is delayed as long as we have a true BS game

      I rather have a delayed diamond than a hurried piece of coal (2)

    29. Creator Hideo Kuze on September 28, 2012

      Great news.
      And take your time to make and polish the game.
      I rather have a delayed diamond than a hurried piece of coal.

    30. Creator Sophie weller on September 28, 2012

      P&d. My life is complete!

    31. Creator Nabil Mounayer on September 28, 2012

      why not split the game to two parts so we won't be disappointed with the delay? this would also help by not making the game seem like in development hell.

    32. Creator Helder Coutinho Order of the Goat $7.77 on September 28, 2012

      Im not like everyon, i want the game NOW :D:D:D

    33. Creator Jac on September 28, 2012

      As you long as Pearl and Duane are back I'm content

    34. Creator SoulLifter on September 28, 2012

      HUZZAH for $800k! We are now getting the BEST GAME POSSIBLE! :D

    35. Creator Damian on September 28, 2012

      Love you! Well done.
      This is going to be amazing..

    36. Creator Carl Young on September 28, 2012

      And here was me thinking you took all our money and had a legendary piss up, j/k but really can't wait for this game but if there must be delays then let there be delays, I'd rather have it right then have it right now.

      Also since this KS I've noticed goats are everywhere, they have taken over Skyrim.

    37. Creator David on September 28, 2012

      Sounds great! As with the general consensus, take all the time you need until you're really confident you have the game how you want.

    38. Creator Maxime Pichon on September 28, 2012

      Well, more content for the game need more time to work for that content, so the solution :

      - Hire some people to help you to add the additionnal content.

      - Take the time that you need.

      - Or cut the game in two part, something like Telltale Games doing with their game, you deliver the first part for April and the second one later.

    39. Creator Michael McCarthy on September 28, 2012

      Awesome news guys! And in the spirit of all the other commenters - take whatever time you need to make the game we all want.

    40. Creator Laura Peralta ♥ Order of the Goat on September 28, 2012

      I think the goat looks amazing :), i really like it, so detailed. :D

    41. Creator Ziegenpeter OotG on September 28, 2012

      hmmmm. middle east.... and explosive ending..... Iraq? ;-)

    42. Creator Michael Bunkin on September 28, 2012

      I think the goat here looks too innocent, serious and even sad (esp. in profile). It could be a professor. In my view he should look more bandit-ish, arrogant, brash, cocky, crafty, teasing, you know :) He should look at you as if he sees you through and says "you can't do anything about me" :) Just a thought...

    43. Creator Axel Duez - Order of the cartoon goat on September 28, 2012

      agree with the rest of the comments :D take your time and do it as best as you can !

    44. Creator Hayley Morris on September 28, 2012

      Release a beta version, or a demo or something around the original date to keep us happy. Or release some of the content we've paid for around the date if it's ready. Use the tiers you set to your own advantage. We'll be happy to see feedback.

    45. Creator Filip OotG on September 28, 2012

      Guys and girls at Revolution...just take your time to made best Broken Sword ever. Don't rush anything.

    46. Creator Jack on September 28, 2012

      How long has it been since the LAST Broken Sword game? I think we can afford to wait another year.

      @Pedro Rodrigues: Actually BaSS2 is happening anyway!

    47. Creator Pedro Rodrigues on September 28, 2012

      I agree with taking your time to do things properly.

      Im just sorry it didnt get to the BaSS mark... perhaps a future Kickstarter after this one? hint...hint... ;)

    48. Creator Javier Meseguer de Paz on September 28, 2012

      And yet another one: take all the time you need, being it a month or -for me- a year. What I would like is to know that you have realized your vision, regardless of how long it took. But please, don't go Duke Nukem Forever, as others said :P

    49. Creator TheChosenOne on September 28, 2012

      Take all the time you need. You got a couple of months anyway if you still want to release ahead of some big blockbusters.

    50. Creator Moeez Siddiqui on September 28, 2012

      Explosions in my Broken Sword game?! You're just appealing to the CoD crowd! :P

      I'm so thrilled about getting to explore cities at my pace.