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The latest game from studio co-founder and Broken Sword creator Charles Cecil is the sequel to the cult classic 1994 adventure Beneath a Steel Sky.
Featuring art direction by Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), it’s described as a “dramatic, humorous, cyberpunk thriller” in which puzzles drive a “timely and intelligent” narrative as returning protagonist Robert Foster battles against a rogue AI.
According to the official blurb: “A child has been abducted in a brutal attack. You have vowed to bring him home. But the trail has led you to Union City.
“Fortified and impenetrable, it is a utopia in which people live happily under the surveillance and control of a benign AI. But all is far from what it seems…”
Cecil told VGC last year that he and Gibbons had been planning the title since as early as 2012, and that he hoped Apple Arcade would significantly increase the audience for premium games on mobile.
“The thing about mobile games is that more than 90% of games are free-to-play,” the designer said. “But it’s really important for Apple that there’s a really solid, strong base of premium games.
“What Apple Arcade does is it gives us a great opportunity to make games that would otherwise be reaching a mostly free-to-play audience.
“Instead of reaching hundreds of thousands of people with our game, we could now potentially go to tens of millions of people,” Cecil added. “That’s what’s really exciting. We are huge fans of Apple Arcade.”