Broken Age Coming to Steam Early Access

Gare – Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:46 PM
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The initial episode of Broken Age (originally titled Double Fine Adventure upon its announcement), the point and click adventure that launched the currently popular craze of Kickstarter projects, will soon be available on Steam. We saw this as a good opportunity to give you a quick rundown on the title.

The game was first announced back in 2012 and was met with an overwhelmingly positive fan reaction, which consequently led to the project being able to amass a significant amount of money – over 3 million dollars to the initially projected goal of 400.000, all in order to allow Tim Schafer create the game he had always wanted but never could.

Parallel stories

The story of Broken Age will revolve around a dual narrative of two parallel protagonist: one is a boy leading a seemingly uneventful life in a futuristic, sci-fi environment, while the other is a young girl about to be sacrificed to a large monster. Their goals, however, are very much the same: they both wish to break the chains of tradition and their past lives in order to find something new, something better for themselves. Double Fine had also recently made public some of the voice cast lending their talents to the game. Among them, we can find Jennifer Hale (voice of the female Commander Shepard and Brütal Legend’s Ophelia), Richard Horvitz (Raz from Psychonauts) as well as Jack Black, having already played the leading role in Brütal Legend.

Broken AgePlatform: PC, PS4, PS Vita, iOS, OS X, AndroidGenre: AdventureDeveloper: Double Fine ProductionsPublisher: Nordic GamesRelease: 01/28/2014

Available via Steam’s Early Access functionality sometime in January

As we learned in July, the project had really put Schafer and team’s abilities to the test: the veteran game designer ran into several financial limitations along the way, forcing him to either release the first part of Broken Age earlier, or cut a considerable amount of content (over 75%, apparently) from the game to be able to finish hit. Schafer opted for the former, which led to the decision to allow Broken Age to be made available via Steam’s Early Access functionality sometime in January of 2014 – the funds raised in this way will then enable the team to complete the game in a way that will allow Schafer’s creative vision to be fully realized. We can only hope that the grand plan works out without any roadblocks for Double Fine, and we, as gamers, can once again enjoy another true Schafer classic as a result.

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