Revolution Confirms Broken Sword On Game Boy Advance

Award-winning graphic adventure to be developed for portable platform.

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Revolution Software has today announced that the original Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars has been successfully prototyped for Game Boy Advance and will now enter full development – with a completion date scheduled for the end of the this year.

The graphic adventure – first released in 1997, to huge critical acclaim – has sold over a million copies on PC and PlayStation, and is the most successful European-developed game of its genre. In it, gamers meet George Stobbard and Nico as they team up to thwart the cataclysmic climax to a conspiracy that has run through the centuries.

Though the point and click interface is being tweaked for Game Boy Advance, the heart of the game will remain unchanged – with all the locations, puzzles and dialogue of the home formats. Graphically, many of the assets from the original title have been incorporated into this portable version, giving it the classic, high-quality look and feel the Broken Sword series has been renowned for. The music – composed by Morse theme maestro Barrington Pheloung and so highly-regarded on its original release – will also be replicated.

Indeed, Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars GBA will be every bit as grand as the original release – so much so that the complete solution will apply.

“A version of Broken Sword for Game Boy Advance started off as a mad suggestion a couple of months back,” says Charles Cecil, Revolution’s managing director, “We prototyped the graphic engine, got the basic gameplay working and realised that it worked really, really well”.

“The PlayStation versions of Broken Sword have already proved that the game appeals to wide audience – exactly the people who will buy Game Boy Advance. There is huge potential for this game which dominated its genre. A month or two ago, I wouldn’t have believed it possible – but Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars on Game Boy Advance is, to all intents and purposes, the PC CD-ROM version. Though obviously at a lower resolution, the animations and backgrounds retain amazing clarity.”

Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars will be available on Game Boy Advance for Christmas 2001, publisher to be announced.

Revolution is currently working on two other projects: Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon and Good Cop, Bad Cop, both for next-generation home formats.