Beneath A Steel Sky iPhone rumour

10 05 2009

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The point and click adventure’s life was bright, but relatively short. Popularised in the early nineties by LucasArts, mortally wounded by frustrating trial and error gameplay and a lack of innovation and being kept barely alive by the good people at ScummVM and a dedicated community of enthusiasts. But for how much longer? The genre may be in for something of a comeback, with the recent remake of Broken Sword being received with critical acclaim and the resurgence of interest inspired by the new wave of touchscreen devices.

Most interestingly perhaps, according to a professional extremely close to the project that I spoke with this weekend, Beneath A Steel Sky the legendary future-noir point and click, is having a sequel developed, and is currently very much in production. It’s unknown whether the title will be a direct continuation of the story of the original BASS, but the source claimed that the lead platform will be iPhone, with other possible releases to follow depending on it’s success on Apple’s mobile platform. Also confirmed was that back in the drawing seat will be Dave Gibbons, the man responsible for the original art, and genre defining graphic novel, Watchmen. There is, unfortunately no word as to when it will see release. This comes just a few months after Charles Cecil and Dave Gibbon’s interview with IGN UK, in which they stated that they would like to work together on a new BASS title. It seems then, that after years of interest, fans will finally get to go back to the world of Robert Foster…

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