Revolution Software's third and final Broken Sword title was revealed during a press conference held at ECTS today, and the games designer made it clear that Point and Click is quite definitely dead.


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Chris Lee of RenderWare started the half hour invite only press conference by explaining how Revolution had utilised their system to develop the game from the ground up, as was the case with other recent PS2 hits such as GTA3 and Burnout.

Broken Swords creator Charles Cecil then took to the podium, and started his introduction with a very bold statement that "The point and click adventure is dead... no two ways about it", causing a few hearts to flutter for a moment from Broken Sword fans who were in the room.


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Luckily though the Broken Sword game is far from dead, and it's the gameplay method which is to get the major update in Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon, and will feature an all new control method to replace the point and click approach which Charles Cecil feels was best suited for games 10 years ago, but no longer.

Sleeping Dragon has been in development for approximately six months, and they are working on the PS2 version primarily, with a PC version planned, and thoughts of following up with ports to both the Xbox and Gamecube at a later date.


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A short teaser video let us see the stylish cinematic style action which the game will feature, and also showed a number of subtle hints as to new characters, such as Petra who works in association with Susarro, who will bring ideas from the previous two titles.

Broken Sword's world will be fully reactive to how you play it, and the control method allows for a contextual approach, meaning you can explore the full 3D space that your character is in. Cecil also said that he wants to make sure that the game is more based on thought than manual dexterity, and that at no point did he want gamers to feel like they were stuck on a puzzle, saying that after a point the puzzle may become easier to prevent gamers from giving up on the adventure.


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Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon is due for release in 2003, and we'll be following the development of the title over the coming months.