The three games of the Gabriel Knight series are arguably some of the most genre-defining adventure games in history and for years now, fans have been clamoring for a new Gabriel Knight game. Creator Jane Jensen's forward-looking mentality has thus far prevented her from revisiting the cult trilogy, but today she announced that she's currently undergoing a remake of the the first Gabriel Knight game, Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers.
In conjunction with Phoenix Online Studios, makers of the gritty Cognition series and publishers of the excellent Face Noir, Jensen is renovating the twenty year old game from the ground up. Set in New Orleans and focused on a series of voodoo murders, the original Sins of the Fathers combined witty dialog with great puzzles and a slow, drawling vocal performance by actor Tim Curry to create an unforgettable adventure gaming experience.
Fans are thrilled of course, to hear their favorite Shattenjager is on his way back, and Jensen herself seems to enjoy the idea: "I'm thrilled to be back at work on Gabriel Knight and to bring this classic game to a new generation of players. It's a designer's dream to be able to enhance the game and bring in more New Orleans flavor than technical limitations allowed us to in 1993. It's going to look and feel like a brand new title. But never fear, 100% of the original Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers is here. I hope both existing fans and new players will love it."
Phoenix Online says that although the game will feature 21st century graphics, it will retain its original storyline and a remastered version of its original knockout Robert Holmes soundtrack. As an anniversary edition, it will also contain special extras that have yet to be revealed. The game's release date has yet to be determined, but Phoenix Online says it should be some time in 2014.