At this year’s Gamescom, I had a quick chat with King Art’s project lead, Jan Theysen. He was there to present the studio’s next game, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (BoUT2). This is a direct sequel, following the exploits of the previous game’s four likely heroes. Likely heroes? Indeed, the series continues its trend of spoofing every fantasy and roleplaying trope in the book, and its cast of rather typical main characters is the first indication. However, this is not satire; it is a game made for and by fans of the genre. This affection for the source material manifests in countless small details and in-jokes, and a rather friendly atmosphere overall.
BoUT2 promises to be a traditional point & click adventure through and through. It will also be an incredibly long game, offering five chapters with a total playing time of about 20-25 hours. According to Theysen, this means that BoUT2 is probably the biggest adventure since The Longest Journey. Compared to its predecessor, a lot of the technical stuff has been updated, with a bigger team improving the animation quality in particular. Still, the game will be running on the Unity engine and thus have fairly low system requirements. King Art is a German studio and as such there are concerns about the game’s proper localization. The English language version has been in development right from the start and appears to have some great professional polish.
The full game will be out in early 2015. However, the first of the game’s five chapters will be available later today via Steam’s Early Access, with subsequent chapters being released as soon as they’re ready. Given the overall length of the game, being able to play multiple chunks of 5 hours each certainly doesn’t look like a bad idea to me. It’s worth noting that each released chapter will be feature complete, rather than some half-finished beta version. So if you cannot wait, you’ll be able to start playing The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 very soon.