MicroÃ¯ds’ Syberia 3 will make you collaborate
MicroÃ¯ds have announced today that a new chapter in the popular point and click saga Syberia is in development for both the PS3 and PC. The new game, imaginatively titled Syberia 3, will be available in June 2010.
The salient part of the press release however is MicroÃ¯ds’ revelation that, in what we believe is a first, collaborative play between the PS3 and the PC is not only possible – it’s downright compulsory.
For the uninitiated: the Syberia series follows Kate Walker in adventures described best as a point and click Tomb Raider sans titillation and endangered species annihilation but with added dollops of steampunk and surrealism. Woah! Come back! Trust us – it’s good.
Little is known about the plot of the third game, though the press release does tease us with the following (bizarre) snippet:
After having traveled throughout Europe in Syberia and Syberia 2, Kate Walker starts out on the mammothsâ€™ trail in a world on the border between reality and imagination, where strange white birds indicate the presence of extinct mammals…
Syberia 3 takes Kate on an adventure which mixes suspense, myth, ecology and action. She crosses paths with a weird Vic McPherson who is investigating the murky business of international trafficking of ancient works of art and prehistoric ivoryâ€¦
The PC/PS3 connection comes by way of the game’s “simultaneous data exchange and sharing mode”. In an unprecedented move, MicroÃ¯ds will be promoting cross platform collaboration to enable all players reach the end of the story. The release states:
Syberia 3 will therefore see teams of players being formed so as to optimize their chances of reaching the end of the adventure by pooling the abilities of each of the participants. Only PS3 players who have collaborated with PC players, and vice versa, will be able to accompany Kate to the end of the adventure.
We applaud the concept but wonder how this notion will manifest itself in practice. Without any further details the whole “multi-platform tandem co-operation” sounds intriguing in principle but it could be a logistical and technical minefield.
We’ll keep an eye on Syberia 3 and let you know if we come across any further information.
Note: Call us jumpy and skeptical but – with the day that’s in it – we’re not trusting even our more reliable of sources so we’re therefore double checking every story that even sniffs of peculiarity. PS3 and PC collaboration is something of a Holy Grail in the gaming spectrum so, upon reading this release, our BS radars spun into action almost immediately. At the time of publishing, consider this story authentic. We’ll update when we hear back from MicroÃ¯ds.