2015: Upcoming Adventure Games

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Adventure games have well and truly re-established themselves as a top drawer for gamers worldwide thanks to the efforts of studios like Telltale Games, Daedalic and Double Fine. There are some big releases heading our way, so let's have a look at what's in store.

The genre has evolved somewhat from the traditional 2D point-&-click format, so we're including all sorts of different styles of gameplay here. This is by no means a full list of everything that's coming up, but these are the ones that have particularly caught our attention. All information here is subject to change.

Grim Fandango Remastered
Double Fine/LucasArts - PC/Mac/Linux/PS4/Vita - January 2015

Double Fine are remastering LucasArts' classic adventure game, with original project lead Tim Schafer heading the effort. Expect HD visuals, updated music and an improved control scheme.



The Book of Unwritten Tales 2
KING Art Games - PC/Mac/Linux - January 2015

The sequel to a charming traditional adventure game, full of fantasy, humour and a lot of sly digs at the genre and pop culture. Technically the third in the series, but The Critter Chronicles was a prequel.

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Fire
Daedalic Entertainment - PC/Mac - January 2015

A simplistic take on the genre from the company who made the Deponia trilogy. No dialogue and a one-click interface should make this a good entry point for players new to the genre.

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Broken Age (Act 2)
Double Fine - PC/Mac/Linux/PS4/iPad/Vita/Android/Ouya - Early 2015

It's taken much longer than anticipated, but the second part of the superb Broken Age should be with us soon. Expect a considerably longer game this time around.



Tales from the Borderlands
Telltale Games - PC/Mac/iPad/360/XBONE/PS3/PS4/Android/Vita - Early 2015

Telltale will be continuing their new series based on Borderlands throughout the year. The first episode was a lot of fun with cleverly integrated action sequences.

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Game of Thrones
Telltale Games - PC/Mac/iPad/360/XBONE/PS3/PS4/Android/Vita - Early 2015

Telltale also started a new series at the end of 2014 based on Game of Thrones, and they certainly managed to get it right. Expect a lot more twists and shocks as the series continues through the year.

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Dreamfall Chapters
Red Thread Games - PC/Mac/Linux/PSN - Early 2015

Ragnar Tørnquist continues his saga that began with The Longest Journey. This is some of the most ambitious and deep storytelling ever found in the medium and any fan of narrative in their games should pick this up. An epic sci-fi/fantasy that will be released episodically throughout the year.



Life is Strange
DONTNOD Entertainment - PC/PS4/PS3/360/XBONE - Early 2015

A cinematic 3D adventure with Twin Peaks influences that hasn't revealed too much yet. It will be released episodically through the year.

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Silence: The Whispered World II
Daedalic Entertainment - PC/Mac - Q1/Q2 2015

This sequel to The Whispered World looks to be taking on a considerably darker tone.

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The Devil's Men
Daedalic Entertainment - PC/Mac - Q2 2015

Daedalic's gorgeous looking 2D adventure set in fictitious Victorian times.

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STASIS
The Brotherhood - PC/Mac - Q1/Q2 2015

An visually amazing isometric horror game created by just one person. Heavily influenced by the Alien films and games like Sanitarium, this is high up on our excitement list.



Firewatch
Campo Santo - PC/Mac/Linux - 2015

A first-person mystery game set in the forests of Wyoming with a striking art style.

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King's Quest
The Odd Gentlemen - PS3/PS4 - Q3/Q4 2015

Any old-school adventure gamer should get tingles at that title. The original adventure game series has been resurrected, along with Sierra as it's publisher. Initial footage of this makes it look to be a platform/adventure hybrid, but it sure looks pretty! Hopefully more platforms will be announced.



Day of the Tentacle: Special Edition
Double Fine/LucasArts - PC/Mac/Linux/PS4/Vita - 2015

After finishing up on Grim Fandango Remastered, Double Fine will be working on updating another LucasArts classic. This one has a very special place amongst the hearts of adventure gamers for a very good reason, with many regarding it as the greatest adventure game ever made. Let's hope they do it justice.

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Minecraft: Story Mode
Telltale Games - PC/Mac/iPad/360/XBONE/PS3/PS4/Android/Vita - 2015

This is an odd one. Telltale have announced that they will be tackling Minecraft as an episodic adventure game series. Quite how that's going to work is anyone's guess but they've proven repeatedly over the past few years that they know how to work with licensed properties to make very good, authentic games.

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Draugen
Red Thread Games - PC/PS4/XBONE - 2015

Not many details are available for this, but it's a horror mystery game set in 1920s Norway, and storytelling genius Ragnar Tørnquist is behind it. We're in.

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We are also expecting to see The Walking Dead: Season 3 from Telltale at some point, and are really hoping to see a sequel to The Wolf Among Us. Although it’s unlikely to be out in 2015, we also know that Ron Gilbert, godfather of the adventure genre, is working on Thimbleweed Park which heavily echoes the original Maniac Mansion. Maybe Jane Jensen will begin work on Gabriel Knight 4? Or perhaps we’ll get some news from Revolution Games on Beneath a Steel Sky 2? Will Quantic Dream have anything in store for us to follow up Beyond: Two Souls? We’re also excited to see what The Astronauts will work on following The Vanishing of Ethan Carter.

There are some other upcoming games that won't fall under the 'adventure' genre, but are still heavily narrative- and choice-based, and may be of interest too. Heading more towards RPGs, we have The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Torment: Tides of Numenera and Pillars of Eternity.

Did we miss anything that you're particularly excited for? Let us know!

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