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Pictured right, from top to bottom: Anuman’s CEO Stéphane Longeard, PQube’s marketing exec Anne-Lou GrosboisFavreau and Syberia’s creator Benoît Sokal

explains. “We appreciate our collaboration and they know the UK market very well.” PQube’s marketing executive Anne-Lou Grosbois-Favreau continues: “The adventure genre has come back in a big way in recent years. Syberia 3 is poised to be the ideal next step for this new wave of adventure game fans, [as] it brings back the more traditional mechanics of point-and-click gaming from the 90s and early 00s and mixes them with modern technology and 3D environments.” 3D is one of Syberia 3’s biggest evolutions compared to previous entries in the series – and one that proves Anuman understands what players now expect from modern point-and-click titles. “Syberia 3 is the first in the saga to be entirely developed in 3D,” Longeard says. “It was important to retain the authenticity and graphic style of Benoît Sokal that earned the first two Syberia [games] such praise and success. 3D brings Kate Walker more liberty to move in the different environments and other new gameplay mechanics that were not possible before.” Syberia 3 can also be played independently from the first two games: “The story acts as

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also added new languages for the voice-over, including Spanish.”

a standalone chapter in the franchise, so new players needn’t feel that they’ve missed out if they didn’t experience the first two titles – though a comprehensive summary of the plot is included in the opening cutscene,” GrosboisFavreau explains. “However, here in the UK, the Day One PC edition also includes Syberia 1 and 2, enabling all PC players to play through the full trilogy in its entirety should they choose to.“ Longeard adds: “[There are] some references and Easter eggs from Syberia 1 and 2, but the dialogue and NPCs from Syberia 3 will give players all the background information they need.” That said, Longeard still took the decision to delay Syberia 3 in October last year in order to make sure the game was completely accessible to players all around the world. “[We added] new cinematics and background story through optional gameplay,” Longeard says. “We are aware that fans around the world are eager to embody their favourite heroine again, but we needed additional time to provide them with an adventure that can live up to their expectations. We

Syberia 3 is poised to be the ideal next step for this new wave of adventure game fans. Anne-Lou Grosbois-Favreau, PQube

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AN UNFORGETTABLE JOURNEY Despite its niche status in the UK, Syberia is still the most popular and successful Microids franchise. With this in mind, Longeard has high expectations for this third iteration of the series. “The total investment for this game is around €8m (£6.8),” he explains. “We expect to sell 1m units in 2017 and reach 2.5m units on all platforms in the next three years. Syberia is a long-seller compared to other game genres.” He also hopes that Syberia 3’s unique gameplay features will help it benefit from a quiet April at retail: “Retailers are enthusiastic, either in the UK or in other territories, because they consider Syberia 3 as very unique compared to other adventure and action games.” Grosbois-Fabreau concludes: “We’re delighted to be able to introduce the series and its mesmerising world to a new generation of gamers across all major platforms – all fans of adventure titles and story-led action epics such as Uncharted and Tomb Raider will fall in love with Kate Walker’s latest outing.”

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