Beneath a Steel Sky (which was a cyberpunk adventure game that came out in 1994) is getting a sequel after a quarter of a century!
Beyond a Steel Sky is being developed by Revolution Software. If you are into adventure games, you might be familiar with them – they not only made Beneath the Steel Sky in ’94, but they also created the Broken Sword series, and they had a bit of different work done in 2000 (In Cold Blood; Gold and Glory: The Road to El Dorado). In short, the developers will be on „home soil” with the genre they are familiar with…
„Beyond a Steel Sky is a thrilling story of loyalty and redemption set in an eerie and terrifying world of AI-driven social controls. As can be expected of a Revolution adventure, the tale is woven with the studio’s signature humour, supported by legendary comic book artist Dave Gibbons’ acclaimed artistic style.
[…] Beyond a Steel Sky is a hugely ambitious adventure in which intelligent, humorous emergent gameplay drives an edgy narrative. Very much an adventure, the game is set in a dynamic, bounded-sandbox world. A unique world that will respond to—and be subverted by—the player’s actions. The game characters, driven by advanced AI tech, are willful and motivated: their intelligent responses allow interesting, emergent solutions to puzzles and obstacles. The culmination of Revolution’s 30 years of developing adventure games, Beyond a Steel Sky evolves and redefines the adventure genre,” the press release says. It also mentions „elegantly simple, intuitive controls that allow complex situations to emerge, offering a gameplay experience that will appeal to the novice as well as the experienced gamer,” as well as „custom-written cutting-edge graphics technology delivers a beautiful, real-time, comic-book-style world in HDR, and 4K to complement the artwork of Dave Gibbons.” (Watchmen, for example.)
The 3D Beyond the Steel Sky with its point-and-click gameplay, and whose protagonist awfully looks like a mix of Adam Jensen and Gerald Butler (are we wrong about it, though…?), will launch later this year on PC, undefined consoles, as well as Apple’s new service, Apple Arcade. (A game subscription service, which is also playable offline, with new games, planned to launch this autumn.)