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By George: Broken Sword II Remastered

Thankfully the corniness isn't being remastered.

Revolution has announced that there’s to be a director’s cut of Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror. This is the second remake of the series, following 2009’s embellished Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars. (Which in the interests of disclosure, I must add that I worked on, script editing, and writing the diaries and the hints. I’ve nothing at all to do with this second re-edition.) Unlike the first game, this new version will not contain any new story or puzzles, but will improve the graphics, animations, and cutscenes, as well as adding in a diary and hints.

Dave Gibbons (Watchmen) is once more involved, providing an accompanying digital comic, and helping with adding in facial animations, as well as having originally drawn the characters. There’s also to be cloud saving, apparently integrating Dropbox, so you’ll be able to play it on multiple devices. And of course there’s the inevitable inclusion of achievements. (Surely adventure games are inherently about relevant, relative achievements?)

It’s first being released on iOS before Christmas, but getting a PC version “early next year”. There’s no word on a DS/Wii version, which oddly enough was how the first remake came about. But at least the PC is getting its version fairly quickly this time.

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