Discussions between Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons and Revolution Software, to return to the dystopian setting of Beneath A Steel Sky, have apparently being going on for quite some time. Interviewed in games™ 144, Revolution’s founder and all-round adventure pioneer Charles Cecil stated that: “Dave and I have talked about a sequel for quite some time. We agreed that we would have to make sure that it was up to date, but we wouldn’t want to throw out all those things that people loved. The main problem is where we would go given the way we concluded the original.”
Beneath A Steel Sky was first released in 1994, partly in response to the number of whimsical and light-hearted adventure games that were popular at the time, such as King’s Quest and Monkey Island. The game quickly went to number one in the UK charts and won a clutch of high profile awards, yet instead of continuing the series, Gibbons and Cecil went on to bigger – and arguably better – things.
With work on Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse drawing to a close; with the second part of the crowd-funded adventure due later in the year, Gibbons and Revolution will be free to pick up where their collaborative effort left off more than 20 years ago.