Double Fine's massively successful Kickstarter-funded point-and-click adventure Broken Age is out today for backers, but don't despair if you missed out, as the finished public release of Broken Age: Episode One is slated to come out on 28th January on PC, Mac and Linux.
Ouya, iOS and Android versions are expected to follow, though no release date has been announced for these.
This official release will be sold as a $25 (about £15) season pass, so the second half will be available this spring at no extra charge.
"It's been sixteen years since I've made an adventure game, almost twenty years since I've made a point-and-click, and just shy of two years since I dared the internet to force me to make one," Double Fine head honcho Tim Schafer stated in the game's announcement. "Coming back to the genre has been like finding an old jacket in a box in your garage that you haven't worn in twenty years but once you shake the dust off and put it on you realise it's an amazing jacket and it still fits, and once you patch the holes in the pockets it could easily take a spot in your main jacket rotation."
"Oh, and also, in one of the pockets was three and a half million dollars."
Schafer went on to reminisce about the genre, as he slowly came to the realisation that it's not as archaic as its generally perceived. "Adventure games used to have a monopoly on things like story and character, as well as the best art and music in games. Now that other genres have caught up, it seems like that old monopoly is gone," he said. "But in coming back to adventure games I've realised that there is still something completely unique about them. It's not about their feature set. It's more about how you feel when you play them. The way your brain works as you explore and wrestle with an adventure game is different than any other experience, and it's fun to wander those paths again."
For now, check out the beautiful new Broken Age trailer focusing on the game's heroine, Vella.