The guys at Straandlooper (Hector: Badge of Carnage) just sent over some awesome news! Straandlooper is teaming up with the talented folks at Telltale Games to bring the first episode of Hector: Badge of Carnage to the iPad, PC and Mac this Spring. But the good news doesn’t stop there! The new partnership also means that Episodes 2 & 3 of Hector (which are already in production) will also be arriving on the PC, Mac, iPhone and iPad later this year.
If you read my review of Hector: Badge of Carnage Episode One, you’ll know that I called it “A Piece of Irreverent Brilliance“. It is a great throwback to those old Sierra Online point and click adventure games that I fondly remember devouring as a kid. I for one am super excited about this collaboration between two studios that really know this genre well.
I think the best way to describe this merging of minds is directly from the humorous and spirited Hector Development team themselves:
Alright, some of you coachpokers out there have been making wild speculations about the whereabouts of the Hector Dev Team. Let us begin by setting the record straight: we’re not dead, we haven’t shoved off to the Caymans with your £2.39 ($3.99), and there is absolutely no truth to the rumour that we’re being held at knifepoint by any of the special interest groups that we may or may not have offended during the making of Episode 1.
To those of you who could be bothered enough to verbally waterboard the support line about the future fate of the fat one, sorry to have been so vague, evasive, or just plain weird. It wasn’t easy keeping quiet. It seemed like every day we had to delete inbox upon inbox of emails wanting the same answers.
Finally, the duct tape has been ripped from our mouths and we’ve been released from the rolled up carpet in the back corner of the self-storage unit. You’ve broken us. We’ll talk.
Prepare yourselves for Hector’s latest plot twist – Straandlooper and Telltale Games are teaming up to complete the Hector: Badge of Carnage series, kicking off Spring 2011 with a multi-platform re-release of Episode 1, followed by Episodes 2 and 3 later this year.
What does this mean for Detective Inspector Hector? Before now, Hector was only available to you elitist, phone-fingering gadget hounds in glorious pocket-sized resolution. Telltale’s going to be taking whatever nauseating corners of Clappers Wreake we’ve had the displeasure of smearing together and slapping them all into their all-powerful godlike game engine. Then, Hector will be set free to run rampant through PCs, Macs and iPads of an unforgiving world.
Experience Hector as he was meant to be experienced: on the medium screen! Imagine the unbridled glee on your face when you go condom-fishing in the holding-cell bog in eye-gouging high-resolution! Experience the hypnotic smacking of Blind Ali’s wet lips as he spouts perverse inappropriate burblings in 5.1 digital surround! On so many platforms, Hector can now be enjoyed by the whole family!*
*Family enjoyment not recommended by the ratings board.
So sit back, grab a cherry bakewell and sink yourself into some other plotless, high-budget, new release frag-fest as we work well past our bedtimes to deliver something extra special to further disappoint you all.
We are so good to you. Too good, probably.
Oh, and for the love of all things smothered in sweet chilli sauce, will all you cobjockeys who thought you’d rate us one-star on the App Store in some sort of lame protest (which, honestly, had all the effectiveness of holding your breath until your face turns blue), kindly go replace them with a decent rating otherwise we’ll have to come round to your cardboard box with some motivational tools such as a gift-wrapped truncheon and some ravenous police dogs. Nobody wants that. Believe me, I’ve been there.
Dream the dream.
– Team Hector, Straandlooper.