Developer: Microïds, Koalabs Studio, 3DDUO, Kylotonn
Platforms: Android, iOS, PC, MAC, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: Q1 2017
Syberia 3 is an upcoming adventure game that is being developed and published by Microids. As the name suggests, this is actually the third in what has become a long running series with Syberia 2 having released all the way back in 2004. This game had been talked about being in development for over six years, but has only recently started really getting going on putting the finishing touches on this game.
Originally announced back in 2010, the game has had several release date pushbacks. The game has also added a number of platforms, as Syberia 3 will follow in the footsteps of Syberia and Syberia 2 in being not only on the PC and consoles but also on mobile platforms. While the game does not have an official release date, it is expected to land sometime in the first quarter of 2017.
On 1 April 2009, the series’ developer and publisher, Microids announced that Syberia 3 was officially in development and the game was being looked at as a June 2010 release on the PC and the PS3. The development team said they wanted to release this game as a as a real-time 3D adventure. Shortly after the announcement that the project was real, the company said it was going to have to push back the 2010 release date because negotiations with the writer behind the first two games in the series, Benoît Sokal were hitting a few difficulties. Later in April of 2010, the company announced they were going full steam ahead with a PC version but that problems with Sony were making a PS3 version unlikely. Microids took the unusual step of asking its fans to email Sony in order to convince the larger company there was enough demand for Syberia 3 to force the game to that platform.
During an interview in February 2011, Benoît Sokal announced that work on the game had not even begun because the studio didn’t have the kind of money he had claimed he needed. Sokal said he wanted to make Syberia 3 look like Assassin’s Creed games but the budget would be very large for that undertaking. Sokal also said the game would need a brand new engine because using the same one the first two titles used would lead to failure in the commercial sector.
On November 26 of 2012, Microids announced on their social media accounts that official development on Syberia 3 had started. In the summer of the following year, on 21 August 2013, the company announced that the game had taken the next step forward and gone into production. On August 13, 2014, a year later the game’s first screenshots were released and the title was said to be available in 2015 for the PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, iOS and Android platforms. Eventually, announcements of the game being pushed back were announced for 2016 and eventually the game was said to be coming in 2017. On October 5, 2016 the company announced what they were calling the final release date pushback and said they expected the game to be ready for launch in the first part of 2017.
There isn’t a great deal of information known about the specific story of Syberia 3, but there are a few details that have been announced. It appears the protagonist of the entire Syberia series, known as Kate Walker will be moving deeper into the lands of Syberia. Along the way, she is going to be meeting two new characters in Ayawaska and Simon Steiner. Ayawaska is a kind of leader of an indigenous tribe and she and Kate will befriend one another as Kate travels with the tribe.
The developer has said the mechanics will be very similar to what people have seen in the first two games in this series. The adventure game relies on puzzle solving and point-and-click adventuring more than it does combat.
The main protagonist of Syberia 3 is the same one who has been the main protagonist of the other two games in this long running series. Kate is an American lawyer who has grown bored with her work a day world. She has traveled to the lands in Russia which are known as Syberia several times, but each time she goes, she finds new areas and new adventures. The developers have not given a great deal of information on many of the characters will make up this game, but they have divulged two new characters.
Ayawaska is one of the new characters in this third installment of the Syberia series. This character is somewhat enigmatic and stands just 1.10 meter-tall. Her character is said to be one that is constantly laughing and smiling and she acts as the shaman of the Youkol tribe. That tribe is the one the series’ protagonist, Kate Walker, had left at the end of Syberia 2. During this third game, Ayawaska will offer Kate to accompany her in the snow ostrich’s transhumance, a real sacred mission for her tribe. Throughout the adventure game, this shaman will provide precious advice to Kate, though Kate is going to have to solve some puzzles in order to truly understand what the advise she has been given really means.
Another brand new character introduced in Syberia 3 is Simon Steiner. Steiner is a genius craftsman who owns the small clock-maker’s shop in Valsembor, the city close to where the Youkol camp settled. Steiner has a rather grumpy and suspicious look, but the 70 year-old man is very kind towards the tribe that have set up camp next to his town. In this regard, he is one of the few people in the town that feels anything other than a desire for Ayawaska and her tribe to move on. Kate will have to gain his trust so that he agrees to build an essential element for her. This element will be needed by Kate later in the game in order to continue her journey with the Youkol tribe.
Note: This wiki will be updated once we have more information about the game