The ever so charming New Orleans bookstore owner is set to return this year, and we’ve got some incredible looking screenshots for your to drool over.
The Gabriel Knight series was created by Jane Jensen, who now runs her own indie development studio, Pinkerton Road, who are looking to release a 20th anniversary edition of the point-and-click classic around the middle of this year. The visuals are brand new and updated for retina display, along with new voice recording work, plus the whole development process is being overseen by Jensen herself.
When speaking about working with the game again Jensen said, "I'm thrilled to be back at work on Gabriel Knight and to bring this classic game to a new generation of players.” She continued by saying, "It's a designer's dream to be able to enhance the game and bring in more New Orleans flavor than technical limitations allowed us to in 1993. It's going to look and feel like a brand new title. But never fear, 100% of the original Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers is here. I hope both existing fans and new players will love it."
The updated version of Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers will retain the same mature storyline and puzzles as the original version, but this time around we’ll re-live it all with high-resolution (2048x1536) 3D visuals. The original game’s composer, Robert Holmes, is returning to re-master the original soundtrack too.
Set in New Orleans, the story focusses around a series of ritual voodoo murders that have taken place. And the only man who can solve the case is Gabriel Knight, owner of a French Quarter bookstore, struggling novelist, and descendent in a long line of hunting Schattenjägers (German for 'Shadow Hunter').
We’ve got a load of screenshots for you below, some of the original game and some of the anniversary edition for comparison - enjoy!
Whoa, look at these updated graphics... Nah, it's the original of course! Still cool though. :)
Another nostalgia-inducing image.
Ah, here's an updated image - beautiful!
What? Oh, the guy on the ground? Nah, he's just laying down... he'll walk it off in a minute.
I bet he hasn't read any of those books...
The new visuals are definitely welcome!
This guy has nothing to fear of power cuts, he's got plenty of candles to see him through!
Fans of the series are bound to be sat on the edge of their seats waiting for the release date, but you can head on over to the game’s official website for more info. The game is to be available on PC, Mac, iPad, and Android.
If you’re a fan of the point-and-click adventure games of old, then why not check out my first ‘Games you have to play’, where I wax lyrical about Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars.
Did you play the original Gabriel Knight? What do you think of the 20th Anniversary Edition so far? Let us know in the comments below!